VANCOUVER, June 25 /CNW/ - John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) made the following statement today in response to the
announcement that James Moore, Member of Parliament for the riding of Port
Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, has been named Secretary of State for the
Asia-Pacific Gateway, the 2010 Olympics and Official Languages.
"I would like to extend our congratulations to the Honourable James Moore
on his appointment as Secretary of State for the 2010 Olympics. The Government
of Canada is a key partner in our efforts to stage outstanding Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games in 2010 and we are delighted Mr. Moore is assuming
responsibility of this partnership as we move into the final 18 months before
the Games," said John Furlong.
"We have been fortunate to work with Secretary of State Moore in the
past, and his support and enthusiasm for the Games has been incredible,"
continued Furlong. "On behalf of our entire team, we look forward to working
closely with him to continue to build strong partnerships on the road to 2010
and pursue a common goal of ensuring that all Canadians benefit from the
hosting of the 2010 Winter Games."
"We would also like to acknowledge the support of Minister Emerson for
the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. His contributions have
unquestionably made our project stronger and he has been an incredible
advocate, spreading the word of Canada's Games across the country. We wish him
the best in his appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs."
VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies. 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 and Territory Program include
Manitoba and Ontario. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and the
District of West Vancouver. VANOC has also signed memoranda of understanding
with each Canadian province and territory. 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 www.vancouver2010.com.
For further information:
For further information: VANOC, Katie Green, Vancouver 2010, (778)