Vancouver 2010 thanks the Government of Canada for contribution to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the
2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) today expressed its
appreciation to the Government of Canada for the financial commitment of
$25 million, made today towards the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays.
The funding announcement came as part of the Government of Canada's release of
the federal budget.
    "Our goal is to create and deliver an extraordinary Olympic and
Paralympic experience that makes all Canadians proud. The 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Torch Relays are one way the Games can touch and inspire us all in
a profoundly personal way. We thank the Government of Canada for its
tremendous support in helping all of us achieve this goal together," said John
Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer.
    "The Olympic and Paralympic torches are traditionally among the most
iconic, recognized symbols of the Games, so the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic
Torch Relays present a tremendous opportunity to unify and inspire people
across Canada," continued Furlong. "Their exciting journeys to Canada, and
their arrivals in Canadian communities, will provide unforgettable experiences
for everyone involved. In many cases, the arrival of the Olympic Flame will be
the first and most tangible sign - both to Canadians, and Games enthusiasts
around the world - that the 2010 Winter Games are near."
    The Olympic Flame will travel 35,000 kilometres over approximately
100 days and visit every province and territory in Canada. The flame will be
carried on its remarkable journey by some 12,000 torchbearers. Up to
120 people will have the opportunity to carry the flame each day. The 2010
Olympic Torch Relay will be highlighted by hundreds of community celebrations
and will leave an enduring legacy that will continue well after the flame is
extinguished in 2010.
    Further torch relay announcements are planned for fall 2008, including
the announcement of the relay route, the unveiling of the 2010 Olympic Torch
design, the official torchbearer uniform and information on the torchbearer
application process. Those interested in receiving the latest news and updates
on the Olympic Torch Relay, and other Games-related information, can sign up

    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 Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Margaret Nevin, Vancouver 2010,
(778) 328-6475; Katie Green, Vancouver 2010, (778) 328-6473

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