IOC CONFIDENT OF SECURE, SUCCESSFUL OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Salt Lake City, 31 October 2001 - Following a positive report by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission, the presidents of the IOC and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) today sent a letter to their Olympic Movement partners expressing confidence in the preparations, especially the security arrangements, for the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The letter was sent to National Olympic Committees (NOCs), International Sports Federations (IFs), and IOC members.
During its two-and-one-half-day meeting, the IOC Coordination Commission reviewed the work and planning being completed to provide for secure and successful Olympic Winter Games.
“We have been truly impressed by the way the organizers has responded to the new realities imposed upon them by 11 September. Because their planning was in such good shape before the tragedy, they have quickly been able to make a few adjustments to their operations to help ensure great athletic performances reign during 8-24 February,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Marc Hodler. “There always will be lingering issues, but essentially SLOC is ready.”
In their letter, the presidents of the IOC and SLOC outlined the significant measures in place to provide for the security of the athletes and other participants. They also pointed out the reason behind all the efforts:
On all our travels and in all of our meetings, we have been encouraged by the message that the world needs the display of basic human values the Olympic Games exhibit now more than ever. The Athletes Commission, NOCs, IFs, the IOC, sponsors, broadcasters, and public authorities have all endorsed the idea that the Games should go on.
We fully believe the Olympic Winter Games, the celebration of the athletic pursuits and achievements of the world’s youth, should be answer to violence, not a victim to it.
The full text of the letter is attached.
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To: All IOC Members
All National Olympic Committees
All International Olympic Summer Sports Federations
All International Olympic Winter Sports Federations
All Recognized International Federations
Lausanne, 31 October 2001
Ref. no M/ C/ FE/FH/FR/ 311 /2006/crr
Re: Security at the XIX Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
As we approach the 100-days-out milestone for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, we want to express our full confidence in the preparations and readiness for the Salt Lake Organizing Committee to organize successful Olympic Winter Games. While confident, we would be remiss if, in the aftermath of the terrible tragedy of 11 September, we did not address the issue of security of the Games.
The security of athletes and other participants is always Priority Number One. Security planning for the Olympic Games has always been conducted by the host country’s security forces in collaboration with other relevant agencies around the world. Their planning encompasses the broadest scope of threats, including terrorism, to shape their preparedness. In Salt Lake City’s case, the U.S. Government has been planning, under the responsibility of the U.S. Secret Service, for the security of the Olympic Winter Games for several years. Their planning is comprehensive and impressive, although we cannot divulge details of the planning or procedures in place.
The U.S. Government is fully committed to the security of the Games. In recent meetings, we have received commitments from the highest levels of the U.S. Government to do all it takes to provide for the security of the Olympic Games and its participants. The U.S. Government will allocate more than US$200 million toward this end. This is in addition to the US$35 million allocated from the State of Utah and the US$35 million provided in SLOC’s budget. This funding is providing for the personnel and equipment needed to provide the highest level of security possible.
Olympic security has an advantage in that the security personnel are protecting a known perimeter during a specific time period. Terrorism or other acts of violence tend to prevail when the time and place are undefined – when there is an element of surprise. While no one can ever provide 100 percent security, knowing the time and place has allowed the security planners to have years to plan for known venues and activities.
The Salt Lake City security plan, more than adequate before 11 September, has been further enhanced to account for new realities the world now faces. This includes extraordinary measures for combating threats from the air, more restrictive policies and procedures to gain access to a venue, and higher levels o