IOC Praises Progress in Turin
TOROC and Italian Government Ready to Enter the Next Stages of Their Preparations
TURIN, Italy (13 June 2002)- Almost halfway into their seven-year organisational period, the Organising Committee of the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006 (TOROC) has put the necessary foundations in place to smoothly move onto the next stages of its preparations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission reported today in Turin.
The Commission was meeting for the third time in the capital of Piedmont to review the state of preparations of the next Olympic Winter Games scheduled for 10-26 February 2006. The one-and-a-half day meeting, which included a tour of some of the venues, took place in the presence of Mr Franco Frattini, Minister for Public Functions, and several representatives of the city of Turin and surrounding regions including Mr Sergio Chiamparino, Mayor of Turin, Mrs Mercedes Bresso, President of the province of Turin, and Mr Enzo Ghigo, President of the Piedmont region. In his opening remarks, Mr Frattini reaffirmed the full support of the Italian Government and its commitment to help deliver a high-quality edition of the Olympic Winter Games in 2006.
The areas that were reviewed included Sports and Infrastructures, Accommodation, Marketing and Ticketing, City Activities, Transport, Athletes' Services, Communication and Look of the Games.
The Commission noted that the key elements of the Games - the objectives, the vision and the structures - were now well in place and that TOROC has further enhanced its already strong team by hiring new managers, some from the Salt Lake Organising Committee. The Commission was pleased to see that construction work, such as the transformation of the Mercati Generali into the Olympic Village, had begun.
"Overall, we are satisfied with the progress made in Turin", said Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission. "The team in place is strong and experienced; it has done a tremendous job so far. Organising the Olympic Winter Games remains a great challenge. It is good to see construction already commencing and we look forward to seeing the progress made when we return for the fourth Coordination meeting in December", he added.