IOC COMMENDS PROGRESS IN TURIN
Turin, 6 September 2001 - The International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for the XX Olympic Winter Games (CoComm) was pleased with the progress TOROC has made to-date but underscored the great amount of work remaining to be done in order to organize high-quality Games in 2006. The CoComm came to this conclusion at the end of its two-day meeting in Turin with the Turin Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (TOROC).
“TOROC has developed a good organization that is preparing to tackle the great task that lies ahead,” said Jean Claude-Killy, chairman of the CoComm. “Every Games brings a different set of challenges, but we are confident TOROC will overcome theirs. They have already demonstrated good results.”
The CoComm noted progress in most functional areas, notably in sport, marketing, communications, and technology. TOROC has become operational and has established good collaboration with the agency that is responsible for constructing the venues and other infrastructure. It has also developed good relations with the International Sports Federations (IFs), and all sites for the sports venues have been agreed upon. TOROC is already taking advantage of the IOC knowledge transfer program, which recently was developed to preserve and hand down the best practices from previous organizers.
While complimenting the progress, the CoComm highlighted priority areas for action in the coming months:
Accommodation – It is critically important to quickly secure enough hotel rooms and bed spaces within the Olympic region to serve the needs of all the constituencies that participate in the Winter Games. Coordinating services among the three Olympic villages for the athletes will require specialized planning.
Construction – Preparations must be made to ensure venue construction begins in 2002 so the venues will be ready to host test events in 2005.
Transportation – Proper planning must be developed in order to account for the decentralized nature of the Games. The transportation manager must be appointed soon in order to allow internal planning to fully develop.
Observation in Salt Lake City – A major priority is to prepare the staff to be effective observers of Games operations during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. This represents TOROC’s only chance to appreciate what it takes to organize and manage the Games. Lessons learned in Salt Lake City will help the organization to move to the next level in its preparations.
Other considerations should be given to developing a positive legacy for sport and the environment by integrating these consideration into all functions of the organization. Toward this end, the CoComm reviewed the plans for training the Italian winter sports teams with the representative from CONI and encouraged CONI to further develop its programs.
This meeting of the IOC Coordination Commission was the second time the Commission met with TOROC to work toward the common goal of organizing top quality Olympic Winter Games in Turin. As it does with the other Organizing Committees for the Olympic Games (OCOGs), the Commission reviewed TOROC’s plans and offered advice based on the experience in Olympic Games management held by its members. This meeting of the entire Commission follows a number of working group meetings during which smaller groups of Commission members met with their TOROC counterparts to explore options in key areas.
In the coming months, working groups of the Coordination Commission will continue to meet periodically with their counterparts within TOROC, and the entire Commission will officially reconvene in Turin in June 2002.
The IOC Coordination Commission includes external experts in the various areas of Olympic Games management; former organizing committee executives; representatives of the athletes, the National Olympic Committees (NOCs), and the International Olympic Sports Federations (IFs); and the directors of the IOC administration who manage functions relevant to the organization of the Olympic Games. The Commission, which meets at least twice a year with the OCOG to assist and in some cases recommend approval of the OCOG’s planning, is an advisory panel to the IOC Executive Board.