Vancouver 2010

Vancouver 2010

April 25, 2007 23:55 ET

Vancouver 2010 Delivers Solid Report on Games Progress to IOC Executive Board (Beijing)

BEIJING, CHINA--(CCNMatthews - April 25, 2007) - With 1,023 days to go before the Opening Ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games, John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), today presented a comprehensive Games update to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.

The update was presented during the 2007 Sport Accord International Sports Convention. The presentation included a summary of the 4th Coordination Commission, hosted in Vancouver from March 6-8, 2007 and highlighted the significant progress on the venue construction program which moves into its most intensive stage this year. The IOC also expressed their desire for an Executive Board meeting to be held in Vancouver in late 2009 and VANOC warmly welcomed the idea.

Furlong delivered a review of the Organizing Committee's key accomplishments to date, in addition to highlighting VANOC's 2007 priorities.

Among the topics, Furlong addressed:

- venue construction program progress

- the release of the VANOC Business Plan and Games operating budget, which has been approved by the VANOC Board of Directors, with a public release date scheduled for May 8

- a sponsorship and licensing update confirming that 80 per cent of the overall 2007 domestic sponsorship revenue target has been met

- accommodation targets and the media accommodation program

- development of the 2010 Winter Games ticketing program

- modifications to the 2010 sport program, including the addition of ski cross and format changes for speed skating team pursuit and skeleton

- finalization of the test event program

"Every single day we are focused on moving the project forward in all key areas," said Furlong as part of his address to the IOC. "A solid partnership is the key to successful Games in 2010 and throughout the past several months our partnership with the IOC and particularly the Coordination Commission members has grown immensely. Your guidance and advice is making our planning better and we thank you for your ongoing support."

Furlong's update included the presentation of a new Vancouver 2010 video, an eight-minute production featuring progress on the 2010 venues and the people involved in the construction program. Following the video presentation, Furlong spoke to the venue construction program and recognized the tireless efforts of those involved in all aspects of Games preparation.

"We are proud to be introducing this inspiring video to an international audience today," said Furlong immediately following the presentation. "As we literally start to see our venues coming out of the ground, we are able to share with the world the story of our project while showcasing the many dedicated people behind the scenes who are bringing our project to life."

In addition to his presentation to the IOC, Furlong addressed a group of International Sport Accord delegates during a panel discussion titled "Working with Your Host City". Hosted by Susie Simcock of the World Squash Federation, the session focused on models of successful cooperation for host cities of international sporting events.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

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