Coordinating the Games
Staging the world’s biggest sporting event requires close collaboration between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Organising Committee (OCOG), the athletes, the National Olympic Committees (NOC), and the International Federations (IFs). At Games time, this coordination happens in a daily meeting, which brings together all of the key players in the event including, the IOC President and Vice-Presidents, the Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission, Vancouver 2010’s senior leadership in this case, the head of the IOC’s Athletes Commission, and representatives of the NOCs, winter IFs, and IOC Members’ observer programme, as well as senior IOC management.
The IOC – Vancouver 2010 joint meeting has so far taken place twice since the day of the Opening Ceremony and operations are proceeding on track with only some common teething problems for the start of a Games that need to be addressed. Today, the IOC President complimented the Vancouver organisers on the quality of the sports competitions that had taken place yesterday and on the Opening Ceremony show. In a sign of confidence in the organisers, the next meeting will not take place until Tuesday.Close Coordination
During the seven years of preparations for the Games, the IOC’s Coordination Commission assists and monitors the progress of the OCOG. The Commission visits the host city once a year until four years from the Games, when the visits become twice yearly until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings are supplemented by the regular visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairman, selected members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration.