VANOC Board of Directors confirms details for 2010 Anti-Doping Program; endorses plans for Beijing 2008



    VANCOUVER, July 16 /CNW/ - With only 22 days until the Opening Ceremony
for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Board of Directors for the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC)
held its fourth meeting of 2008. At today's meeting the Board confirmed
numerous elements for the 2010 Games Anti-Doping Program and received an
overview of plans for the VANOC mission team attending the Beijing 2008 Games.
The agenda also included updates to the Board of Directors on venue
construction and Game Plan 2008, a series of information sessions for 2010
Winter Games venue communities.
    "By the time we hold our September meeting, the spotlight will have
turned squarely onto Vancouver, Whistler and Canada as next to host this
spectacular global sport and cultural event," said Jack Poole, Chairman of the
Board. "The Board is highly encouraged by the focus and enthusiasm VANOC is
displaying as we move into this important and fast-paced period. The
confirmation of the anti-doping program for the 2010 Winter Games means we are
one significant step closer to reaching the goal of hosting doping-free Games
in 2010." Added Poole, "The Beijing 2008 Games will add another layer of
experience to what we gained in Torino in 2006, enhancing our ability to
deliver on our promise of hosting great Games in 2010."
    Highlights of reports and updates delivered at the July 16, 2008 VANOC
Board Meeting include:

    Anti-Doping Program

    The Board confirmed the new 15,000 square foot, on-site anti-doping
laboratory will be located at the Richmond Oval (home to speed skating events
during the Games). The anti-doping laboratory will facilitate a
state-of-the-art testing program at Sport Events taking place in 2008-09, and
at the 2010 Winter Games. The Board also confirmed that the laboratory will be
managed by the Doping Control Laboratory of the Institut national de la
recherche scientifique (INRS)-Institut Armand-Frappier, Canada's only World
Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-accredited laboratory, based in Montreal, Quebec.
During the 2010 Winter Games, the INRS will operate the laboratory and manage
the testing of up to 2,450 athlete samples. Due to the nature of anti-doping
testing, the laboratory, testing techniques and VANOC's anti-doping program
will be designed to adapt to the latest practices. A comprehensive news
release on this announcement is available at www.vancouver2010.com.

    Beijing 2008 Update

    The Board was briefed on details of VANOC's mission team attending the
Beijing 2008 Olympic Games this August, and the Paralympic Games this
September. The Beijing Games will provide the VANOC team with an opportunity
to observe Games operations and draw from the Beijing experience, thereby
enabling VANOC to enhance its plans for 2010. A comprehensive news release
outlining details on VANOC's Beijing mission team can be found at
www.vancouver2010.com.

    Quebec Announcement

    VANOC is also announcing today that the Province of Quebec has joined
VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP) with a $5 million
contribution towards Canadian athletes through the Own the Podium 2010 program
and the staging of the 2010 Winter Games. VANOC Chief Executive Officer, John
Furlong also advised the Board that he will be joining Premier Jean Charest in
Quebec City on July 17 to deliver an address to all provincial and territorial
premiers at the Council of the Federation summer meeting. Furlong's address
will highlight the CPTP program and encourage all remaining provinces and
territories to take part in Vancouver 2010.

    CTV Olympic Media Consortium Presentation

    The Board received an overview from the CTV Olympic Media Consortium on
the plans for pre-Games and Games-time programming including details on
production, editorial research and digital media. Consortium executives also
provided an update on plans to ensure widespread distribution and greater
accessibility of 2010 Winter Games coverage on French-language networks.

    
    Venue Construction Update
    -   UBC Thunderbird Arena: Completed on budget and four months in advance
        of the scheduled completion date.
    -   Killarney and Trout Lake training venues: Progressing well. Most
        in-ground work has been completed and both are on track for
        completion in summer 2009.
    -   Richmond Oval: Excellent progress continues; the refrigerated slab
        for the two Olympic-size hockey rinks, in addition to the entire
        400-metre oval track, has been poured; brine pipes will be charged in
        July, in preparation for ice-making in August. The majority of
        construction is scheduled for completion in September 2008.
    -   Olympic and Paralympic curling venue: Progressing well with the venue
        close to being fully enclosed. The recreational curling slab has been
        successfully poured.
    -   Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver: Significant progress has
        been made on all building structures.
    -   Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler: Construction progress
        continues; internal work on the townhomes has begun.
    -   Whistler Athletes' Centre (WAC) High Performance Centre: Key
        components have advanced and the project is near completion.
    

    Game Plan 2008 Update

    The Board received an update on Game Plan 2008, now into its fifth week
of community presentations. Meetings have been positively received and
generated valuable questions, comments and feedback from the venue communities
on subject areas including: transportation; security planning; venue
operations; ticketing; parking; and volunteering. To date, VANOC has held
successful public forums in Whistler and Richmond, and in Vancouver at the
Hastings Park and Riley Park/Hillcrest venues and the Roundhouse Community
Centre, providing an overview of planning to date and a look at what daily
life will be during the 2010 Winter Games. Within the next month, Game Plan
2008 will visit residents in the Vancouver neighbourhood where the Coal
Harbour Community Centre is situated. Meetings in Squamish and Pemberton will
be scheduled before the end of summer. Game Plan will revisit all venue
communities and meet with key stakeholders and citizens in the spring and fall
of 2009, providing an increasing level of operational detail as the Games
approach.

    International Olympic Committee (IOC) Approvals - Executive Board
    Meeting, Beijing, August 2008

    John Furlong will deliver an update, by teleconference, to the
International Olympic Committee Executive Board meeting on August 3, 2008.
Items for review include:
    - the Vancouver 2010 competition schedule by hour
    - status of the design of the workforce uniforms
    - accreditation procedures
    - the Rate Card Program
    VANOC will provide further detail on the outcome of its presentation
following the IOC Executive Board meeting.

    Background:

    The VANOC Board of Directors is made up of 20 members nominated by: the
Canadian Olympic Committee (seven); the Government of Canada (three); the
Province of British Columbia (three); the City of Vancouver (two); the Resort
Municipality of Whistler (two); the Canadian Paralympic Committee (one); a
joint appointment by the Band Councils of the Lil'wat and Squamish Nations
(one); and one member nominated by the other 19 members.
    The Board is scheduled to meet six times per year, and more often at the
call of the Chair as required. The meetings are generally held at the
Vancouver 2010 offices in Vancouver, although they are occasionally hosted by
our Games partners in other locations. The Board's responsibility is to
oversee the conduct of the business of VANOC as it works toward achieving its
Mission, to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by creating and
delivering an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting
legacies.
    As part of its commitment to public transparency and accountability, the
VANOC Board of Directors has made today's agenda, discussion topics and
decisions available to the public on www.vancouver2010.com, subject to
conditions of confidentiality related to personal information and/or
competitively sensitive or privileged information. VANOC is also committed to
hosting media briefings following each Board meeting with the Board Chairman,
the CEO and other director(s) or members of the VANOC senior management team
to elaborate further on matters.

    Next Meeting

    The next meeting of the VANOC Board of Directors is scheduled for
September 17, 2008.

    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 2010 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit www.vancouver2010.com.





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