- 23 Oct 2009
- IOC News
IOC statement on the death of Jack Poole
It was with great sadness that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today learned of the death of the Chairman of the Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), Jack Poole.
Speaking after hearing the news, IOC President Jacques Rogge, said “It is with great sadness that I learned today that my dear friend and colleague Jack Poole had passed away. Jack was a truly exceptional human being and a great ambassador for the Olympic Movement. His belief in the good that the Olympic Games would bring to Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada was second to none. It was his exceptional spirit and wise leadership that saw Vancouver win the Games and that has put the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee in such a strong position today. At the Opening Ceremony of the Games next February, we will all have a thought for Jack, as the Games that he dreamt about and built finally become a reality.
“My thoughts and condolences, as well as those of everyone in the Olympic Movement, are with his wife Darlene, his family, friends, and, of course, the team at VANOC during this very difficult time for them all. Jack will be fondly remembered by all who had the good fortune to know him. He will be greatly missed.”
IOC Coordination Commission Chairman for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games René Fasel said, “Jack Poole was a great leader and a great man. It was a pleasure to work with him and I am proud to say that we became friends, as we worked together towards our common Olympic goal. Jack was a key driving force behind the success of the Vancouver 2010 bid, as he was behind the preparation of these Games. I am in no doubt that one of Jack’s legacies will be great Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and I am sure that everyone at VANOC will work day and night to do his vision proud. My thoughts and those of all the Coordination Commission members are with his family, friends and everyone at VANOC during these very difficult days.”