First contact with Vancouver 2010
An IOC team led by René Fasel, Chairman of the IOC 2010 Coordination Commission which will be fully formed later this year, ended two days of meetings today in Vancouver with the leaders of the 2010 Transition Team. Fasel, accompanied by Gilbert Felli, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, met with Jack Poole and Mike Chambers, Co-Chairs of the 2010 Transition Team; John Furlong, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Vancouver Bid Corporation; and Charmaine Crooks, IOC member in Canada, among others.
The meetings were the first since Vancouver was elected Host City for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games during the IOC Session in Prague on 2 July this year. Coming so soon after this victory, they have helped maintain the momentum created in the bidding phase. Moreover, thanks to the IOC's new two-phase applicant-to-candidate selection process, together with its Olympic Games Knowledge Management programme, which helps candidate cities prepare more precise bid books, the Vancouver team has been able to put working structures in place sooner, thereby allowing meetings with the IOC to be held and work to commence even before the organising committee is fully in place. During the visit, the IOC gave the Vancouver team background information on its structure and the relationship it has with Organising Committees. The Vancouver team then informed the IOC of the actions taken since their city's election, and the action plan for their transition to a full Organising Committee.
At the close of meetings, René Fasel declared, "We've had two productive days with the Vancouver team. As the first meeting before the full Coordination Commission is formed, this has been a good start to the seven years of preparations between the IOC and Vancouver in the lead up to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games."
The IOC team also met with city and province officials, including the Premier of British Columbia, Gordon Campbell, the Mayor of Vancouver, Larry Campbell, and the Mayor of the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Hugh O'Reilly.
An Orientation Seminar, held by the IOC as part of its Olympic Games Knowledge Management programme, will take place this November to assist the Vancouver team further in their first year of preparation for the Olympic Winter Games.