Saskatchewan to participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

    VANCOUVER, June 18 /CNW/ - The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to
announce today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC). The MOU confirms Saskatchewan's commitment to involving the
people of its province in this once-in-a-generation opportunity to feature all
of Canada on the world stage.
    The MOU identifies a number of areas of potential collaboration and
outlines opportunities to showcase Saskatchewan's cultural and artistic
vitality, and promote the province as a world-class tourist destination. It is
also a chance to highlight Saskatchewan's economic development and trade
potential, provide opportunities for local coaches, athletes and volunteers,
and participate in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay when it passes
through Saskatchewan communities.
    "Saskatchewan is a leader in Canada - in both economic prowess and
ingenuity," Premier Wall said. "We are excited to work with VANOC and join
with other provinces and territories across this nation to help make the
Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Canada's Games."
    "Saskatchewan has a dynamic and modern culture that is rooted deeply in
the history of its people, and that is expressed through the creativity and
imagination of our artists and performers," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport
Minister Christine Tell said. "I am pleased that Canadians and international
visitors will have the opportunity to experience Saskatchewan's art and
culture while in Vancouver, and I have no doubt that it will help guide their
decision to visit our great province."
    "Our vision is to engage every Canadian in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games, and today, with the inclusion of Saskatchewan, we are
yet another step closer to reaching that goal," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief
Executive Officer. "We are thrilled to see such enthusiasm and engagement in
the Games from the people of Saskatchewan and we look forward to learning from
your experience and success in hosting major sporting and cultural events."

    About VANOC
    VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to the lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies for
citizens and communities throughout British Columbia and Canada. VANOC's
government partners include the Government of Canada, the Province of British
Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. To
date, members of VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program include
Manitoba and Ontario. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and West
Vancouver. VANOC has also signed an MOU with each Canadian province and
    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
Vancouver 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. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Janice Wilby, Tourism, Parks, Culture and
Sport, Government of Saskatchewan,, (306) 787-5781;
Katie Green, VANOC Media Relations,, (778)

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