- 31 Aug 2004
- Olympic News
OG 2006 : welcome to Turin !
The flame of the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad was extinguished in Athens. Rendez-vous in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006, where the XX Olympic Winter Games will take place! Half a century after Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956, Italy is once again preparing to host this major sporting event.
Turin in figures
The Winter Games will take place in seven venues, spread over two zones. The ice sports will take place in and around Turin and the snow sports in the Alpine region around Sestrière.
Three Olympic Villages and seven media villages are being built.
Over the 17 competition days, 82 Olympic titles will be awarded in 7 different sports.
There are an expected 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and referees, 10,000 media representatives and some 2,350 members of the Olympic Family.
A town being transformed
The Italian automobile capital, Turin is undergoing massive transformation work in view of the upcoming Games. Valentino Castellani, the President of the Organising Committee for the Turin Games (TOROC), and former mayor of Turin, is supervising the organisation of the Games and the development of the town, including the 48 public works building sites.
According to a study by the University of Turin, 90% of Turinese expressed a favourable opinion concerning the Olympic Games and the major structural changes linked to them.
TOROC hopes that these Games will be remembered as “Green Games”. To keep this promise, the Committee has made a Declaration of Intention and set out a strategic environmental plan. The main Olympic Village is a good illustration of the sustainable development approach adopted. Built according to bio-architectural procedures, which reduce pollution by 60%, it will be transformed into a residential zone after the Games.
Only 529 days remain before the 2006 Olympic Games. See you in Turin!
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