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05 Jul 2004
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GE and TOROC sign agreement for 2006 Olympic Winter Games

Today in Turin, officials from General Electric (GE) and the Organising Committee for the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin (TOROC) signed a ceremonial agreement to celebrate GE's partnership with TOROC.

First of four Olympic Games
On 1 January 2005, GE will begin an eight-year Worldwide Olympic Sponsorship. The Turin 2006 XX Olympic Winter Games, which will take place from 10 to 26 February 2006, are the first of four Olympic Games that GE will support as a part of the IOC's The Olympic Partners (TOP) Programme.

A wide range of products
A wide range of GE products and services will be available to support the Turin Games. These include: power generation and distribution systems, security equipment and systems, water treatment facilities and services, portable building structures, and lighting fixtures and systems. In addition, as part of the TOP sponsorship, GE becomes an Official Sponsor of the Italian Olympic Committee.

Competitive spirit
“GE employees around the world, including our 6,700 Italian employees, share the competitive spirit and the global unity that will be seen in Turin in 2006,” said Ferdinando Beccalli-Falco, GE's President and CEO for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, at the signing ceremony. “We are committed to working with TOROC to deliver most successful Olympic Winter Games, and are confident that our innovative products and services can help make that possible.”

Ideal and values of the Movement
“The IOC values our partnership with GE, a company which is not only a highly successful global leader, but also one committed to being a good corporate citizen which shares the ideals and values of our Movement,” said Gilbert Felli, the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director.

Vital to the success
“The support of GE and other TOP sponsors is vital to the success of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. Today’s agreement is relevant because it foresees the joint development of many infrastructure needs for the Turin Games, including the temporary and backup energy services,” said Paolo Rota, TOROC's Chief Executive Officer. GE will provide energy rental services for all Turin 2006 sites including competition venues, broadcast centres, press centres and the Olympic Village.

A long history with the Olympic Movement
As an Official Worldwide Olympic Partner, GE joins an elite family of multinational corporations that have made a commitment to support the Olympic Games and the world’s athletes who will compete in the Games. GE has a long history with the Olympic Movement through its television network, NBC. The broadcaster has been the Official US broadcaster of the Olympic Games since 1988 and will continue through 2012.

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