VANOC releases updated balanced budget for 2010 Winter Games

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - An updated, balanced operating budget of $1.76
billion, with a contingency of $77 million was released today by the Vancouver
Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).
The updated budget places a priority on athletes, sporting competitions and
the spectator experience at the Games and on television.
    The operating budget was approved by VANOC's board of directors earlier
this month and is designed to ensure great Games and strengthen VANOC's
ability to manage through activities in the final year of preparation,
including managing through the global economic downturn. This is VANOC's final
formal budget update.
    "We are committed to staging spectacular Games within our available
financial resources," said John Furlong, VANOC Chief Executive Officer. "We
have a balanced budget with a contingency that we believe positions us well to
deliver great Games to the world."
    "Our priority in re-examining our budget has always been to ensure the
best experience possible for the world's best athletes while they're here in
Vancouver and Whistler in 2010," Furlong added. "The field of play and the
atmosphere in the venues must be world-class. We also want to make sure the
spectators - from here and guests from around the world - take away great
lifelong memories from their Olympic and Paralympic experiences."
    With these priorities in mind, cost savings were identified in areas of
VANOC's budget during an extensive project review to update the budget, and
funds were moved to areas such as sport, services and Games operations. The
process started in the spring of 2008 and was revisited again in the fall
after the world financial slump sharpened.
    To make the most accurate comparison to VANOC's previous $1.63 billion
operating budget, the same accounting principles that were used in the
business plan released in May 2007 should be used to assess the updated
budget. Under this direct comparison, VANOC's updated total operating budget
is relatively unchanged from the previous budget.
    However, at this advanced stage in the planning, VANOC is now able to
make accurate estimates of certain offsetting revenues and expenses that could
not be reasonably estimated in the previous budget. To be consistent with
generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) VANOC has now budgeted an
additional $127 million in revenues and expenses. These offsetting revenues
and costs are managed on a break-even basis and result in an updated balanced
budget of $1.76 billion.
    These offsetting items include a number of products and services VANOC
will acquire on a cost-recovery basis for user groups such as the Olympic
Family. Examples include buses and cars for sponsors, media and broadcasters;
outdoor advertising space; and media facilities in the Main Press Centre such
as office space, televisions and computers. These activities are recorded as
equal amounts of revenues and expenses and therefore have no net impact on the
    A summary, including the previous and current budgets, and a backgrounder
explaining changes and break-even items are available at

    Operating Budget: $1.76 billion (CAD)

    Most of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games operating budget is
financed by private sector revenue sources. These sources include domestic and
international sponsorships, a contribution by the International Olympic
Committee, international licensing and merchandising, ticket sales and

    Venue Construction Budget: $580 million (CAD)

    The budget for building new venues and renovating existing facilities to
stage the 2010 Winter Games is entirely separate from the operating budget and
remains at $580 million. It is equally funded by the Governments of Canada and
the Province of British Columbia; the venue construction program is on time,
on budget and within a few weeks of completion.

    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

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Chris Brumwell, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-1869,; Sébastien
Théberge, VANOC Communications, (604) 403-2261,

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