Vancouver is ready for 2010



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - "Vancouver is ready for 2010", said the
International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Coordination Commission for the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games through its Chairman, René Fasel. For its
ninth and final visit (25 - 26 August) to the next Olympic and Paralympic Host
City, the Commission was joined by representatives of the Olympic Winter
International Federations, who were able to bring their expertise to bear in
the discussions with the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic
and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) relating to the sporting elements of the
Games, as well as by observers from the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee.
    Speaking at the close of the meetings, Fasel said, "The organizers of the
Games in Vancouver and Whistler are ready for 2010. We've heard from VANOC and
its partners about all the steps that they are undertaking to ensure that the
athletes and other Games visitors have a fantastic Olympic and Paralympic
experience. We are extremely happy with what we have seen and heard, and are
confident that they will deliver."
    He continued, "The Commission members and I have seen this project grow
from plans on paper into almost a reality, and we would like to commend the
work of the team led by Jack Poole and John Furlong. The venues are
spectacular and the plans for next February are very good. The great venues,
the outstanding natural setting and hugely knowledgeable and enthusiastic fans
will guarantee that these Olympic and Paralympic Games will be an unparalleled
success."
    With the Olympic Torch Relay getting underway in only 57 days, VANOC and
its partners are becoming increasingly operational and are reaching a very
precise level of detail in their planning. This is normal at this stage of the
Games preparations and requires great focus from the organisers to ensure that
the Games reach Olympic level.
    Chairman Fasel commented, "With the Olympic flame getting ready to travel
across the great nation of Canada, VANOC and its partners are starting to
reach an extremely fine level of detail in their preparations. This often
brings with it some last-minute challenges and the need to find solutions.
This is not unexpected with a project of this size and complexity, and our
Canadian friends are well prepared to deal with them. As we enter the home
stretch, people around the globe are watching and waiting for you to deliver a
great Games not just for Canada but the world."
    "It is with mixed feelings that we close this final Coordination
Commission session as we have gained so much from these sessions with our IOC
friends and the international sport federations - they have been invaluable to
our planning," said John Furlong. "At the same time, their final advice, their
confidence and their full support for our plans gained during this visit is
just what we need as we head into the final several months. We thank each and
every member of the Commission - and particularly, the leadership of Chairman
René Fasel and IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli - for their thoughtful
insights and counsel throughout the past several years. The Coordination
Commission's engagement and oversight has unquestionably been key to staging a
successful and unforgettable Games in Vancouver and Whistler in 2010."
    During its meeting, the Commission heard reports from VANOC on areas such
as the Olympic Torch Relay, spectator services, sport, marketing, media
operations, National Olympic Committee services, technology and the Paralympic
Games. The visit also provided the opportunity for some Commission members to
tour venues including the Vancouver Olympic Village, UBC Thunderbird Arena,
Richmond Oval, Hillcrest Curling Centre and the Main Press and Broadcasting
Centres.

    
    NOTE TO EDITORS:

    IOC Coordination Commission
    

    The IOC, as the guardian of the Olympic Games, assists and monitors the
work of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games through the work of the
Coordination Commission. The Commission visits the host city once a year until
four years from the Games, when the visits become twice yearly until the Games
are held. The Commission's full meetings are supplemented by the regular
visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairman, selected
members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration.





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