VANOC mission team to draw from Beijing 2008 Games experience as 2010 approaches



    VANCOUVER, July 16 /CNW/ - In preparation for the 2010 Winter Games, the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) is sending a small mission team to the Beijing 2008 Olympic
Games and the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The team will attend the Games to
gain valuable insights and knowledge on certain aspects of Games operations as
part of the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) and International
Paralympic Committee's (IPC) observer programs for future Games Host and Bid
Cities.
    "While this will be Beijing's moment on the world stage, there will still
be much to learn from their hard work and preparations," said John Furlong,
VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "This will be our last opportunity to see,
first-hand, the impact of the Games on a Host City, how the Organizing
Committee handles the unexpected and to identify areas where we might find
further efficiencies to create the best possible experience in 2010."
    VANOC is sending staff to the Beijing 2008 Games on a rotating basis to
minimize costs while maintaining a full workforce complement in Vancouver and
Whistler to continue planning and preparations. In total, VANOC will send a
team of 36 to the Olympic Games and a team of 12 to the Paralympic Games.
Given that VANOC has a significantly reduced official role at the Beijing 2008
Games, this is a much smaller team (approximately half the size) than the one
that participated in the Torino 2006 Winter Games.
    Key staff will attend the Games at times which coincide with the
opportunity to gain knowledge in specific areas. In addition to various
working meetings with stakeholders and partners, VANOC team members will
participate in Olympic and Paralympic observer tours and roundtable sessions
in areas such as accommodation, ceremonies, sponsorship, technology,
transportation, ticketing and volunteer management.
    With 25,000 accredited media forecast to attend the Beijing 2008 Games,
VANOC will take advantage of the opportunity to build relationships; gain
enhanced understanding of the media's Games-time needs and expectations; and
share VANOC's story as the next Games. Together with the Canadian Olympic
Committee and the 2010 Tourism Consortium, VANOC will operate a media
relations service in the Main Press Centre for the duration of the Games.
    Several of VANOC's corporate and sport partners, at their own cost, have
seconded a total of 13 VANOC staff to join their teams during the Games in
such areas as sponsorship, medical services, accommodation, and
transportation.
    As part of a separate and unique program, VANOC has seconded 9 staff to
work directly for the Beijing Organizing Committee where they will participate
in functions such as press operations, doping control, protocol and
technology. These secondments provide a valuable opportunity for VANOC's team
to gain first-hand experience in Games-time operations.
    The budget for VANOC's Beijing 2008 mission team, included in VANOC's
approved and published business plan, is approximately $600,000 including
flights, accommodation, transportation, security and logistics.

    
    International Olympic Committee Update and 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 Olympic Competition Schedule by hour
    -   status of the design of the workforce uniforms
    -   accreditation procedures update
    -   the Rate Card Program

    VANOC will provide further detail on the outcome of its presentation
following the meeting.
    

    About VANOC

    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.





For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Walters, VANOC Communications, Tel.:
(778) 328-6386, E-mail: suzanne_walters@vancouver2010.com

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