The Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee (VANOC) today made its final presentation to the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Executive Board (EB) before the start of the Games. Represented by CEO John Furlong and Executive Vice President & Deputy CEO Dave Cobb, the VANOC executive outlined the work that has been accomplished this far on the journey to 2010 and the scope of the work that remains. IOC President Jacques Rogge and Coordination Commission Chairman René Fasel both congratulated VANOC for their efforts and wished them good luck for the Games.
Olympic Torch Relay
As part of its presentation, the VANOC team underlined the fantastic success of the Olympic Torch Relay, as it has worked its way across Canada, on its 45’000 kilometre journey to Vancouver. The relay has touched all corners of this great land and VANOC showed a video, which allowed the EB to get a feeling for the joy that the Olympic flame has brought to communities from coast to coast to coast.
Furlong also spoke with passion about the participation in the relay and in the Games project, in general, of aboriginal peoples and particularly, of the Four Host First Nations. The flame has been welcomed in 110 aboriginal communities across the country and the Four Host First Nations have been an integral part of Vancouver 2010’s work ranging from construction of venues to participation in celebrations along the relay route.