Vancouver 2010 statements regarding the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony

    BEIJING, China, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - As the Opening Ceremony for the Beijing
2008 Paralympic Games concluded, members of the Vancouver Organizing Committee
for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) and the City of
Vancouver offered the following personal impressions on the evening's
incredible event (all were in attendance):

    Sam Sullivan, Mayor of Vancouver

    "Tonight's Opening Ceremony for the 2008 Paralympic Summer Games was an
electrifying tribute to the athletes that have gathered in Beijing from around
the globe. These Games mark a turning point for China and the movement toward
more inclusion for people with disabilities. It was an honour to be here to
represent Vancouver and Canada. In 2010 we will maintain the momentum these
Games have generated. We will have an opportunity to showcase Vancouver as the
most accessible city in the world."

    John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, VANOC

    "This was a magnificent, moving, human experience that no one will ever
forget. Beijing did it again. What a performance. Being here has only
emboldened our excitement to host and cheer on these world-class athletes when
the Games come to Canada in 2010.
    Congratulations to the athletes soon to compete in the Games, and to the
Organizing Committee and the people of China for showcasing excellence in
sport at the highest level, on such a spectacular scale."

    Dena Coward, Director, Paralympic Games, VANOC

    "Tonight's inspirational Opening Ceremony does more than present these
amazing athletes to the world. It marks the beginning of competition that will
open the eyes of the world to athleticism of the highest standard and the
uncompromising determination all athletes have - regardless of ability."

    The Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games take place from September 6 to 17,
2008. The Opening of the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games coincides with 524 days
to the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in
Vancouver, and 552 days to the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010
Paralympic Winter Games.

    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. Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from
March 12 to 21, 2010.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Suzanne Walters, VANOC
Communications (in Beijing), Tel. (778) 228-8086,

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