Vancouver 2010

Vancouver 2010
International Olympic Committee

April 07, 2005 19:04 ET

International Olympic Committee: Spirit of Partnership Starts to Deliver for Sport in Vancouver




APRIL 7, 2005 - 19:04 ET

International Olympic Committee: Spirit of Partnership
Starts to Deliver for Sport in Vancouver

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - April 7, 2005) -
International Olympic Committee

Following two days of positive meetings and visits to Olympic Games
sites, the IOC's Coordination Commission successfully concluded its
second visit to the host city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In
addition to reviewing the progress made by the Organising Committee for
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), the
Coordination Commission made it a priority to meet with all Games
stakeholders, including city, provincial and federal governments, and
the First Nations.

"Preparing for the Olympic Games is a team effort. The IOC is delighted
to see all the partners here in Vancouver on the same side, working
towards a common goal of serving sport and the athletes," said IOC
Coordination Commission Chairman Rene Fasel. "Games preparations in and
around Vancouver are in the foundation phase. It is good to see a solid
foundation of trust and expertise being built here."

"VANOC successfully made the transition from bid to organising
committee, with the help of its partners," said Fasel. "VANOC is now
delivering winning results: attracting high-quality, experienced staff,
attracting impressive sponsors and preparing thoughtful plans."

Meetings between the IOC, VANOC and partners involved in preparing the
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games covered areas
including sport, venue planning, accommodation, transport and security.

"The IOC Coordination Commission's job is to observe, advise and
encourage Games organisers," said Fasel. "The IOC has been helping VANOC
learn the lessons of past Games, emphasising best practice, legacy and
sustainability. It has been satisfying to see that VANOC has taken those
lessons to heart. In recent years, the IOC has made significant efforts
to improve Olympic Games preparations, working hard to transfer
knowledge, improve planning and manage risk. The IOC's fruitful
partnership with VANOC shows how the Olympic Games are set to reap the
rewards of that hard work."

VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong said: "We're proud to report
to the IOC Coordination Commission a highly successful first year. Our
executive leadership team is in place and planning is advancing in all
areas. Our sponsorship program is off to an excellent start and, after
months of work, we are ready to unveil our Games emblem later this
month. Our venue development programme is on track, with construction of
new venues starting this summer."

"Our vision is clear - to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the
world by delivering an extraordinary Games experience in 2010, with
lasting legacies," said Furlong. "We'll achieve that vision by working
as one team with our partners and with the IOC's valuable guidance every
step of the way."

Project reviews involving the IOC Coordination Commission executives
will continue to take place in Vancouver during the coming months. The
full Coordination Commission will meet again in Vancouver following the
Turin 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.


Contact Information

    International Olympic Committee
    Mark Dolley
    Communications Manager, Olympic Games
    +41 79 216 8631
    International Olympic Committee
    IOC Communications Department
    +41 21 621 6111