- 04 Jul 2005
- IOC News
SINGAPORE 2005: IOC Executive Board talks Turin
At the beginning of the second day of Executive Board (EB) meetings in Singapore, the EB heard reports from the Organising Committee of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC), and from the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy, on the progression of work in the next Olympic Host City. The report covered a wide range of topics including budget, construction, staffing, transport, ticketing and the legacy of the Games. The TOROC delegation comprised TOROC President Valentino Castellani, CEO Cesare Vaciago and Deputy CEO Luciano Barra.
Following the visit by the IOC Coordination Commission to Turin at the beginning of June, Chairman Killy was pleased to report to the EB that progress had been made in a number of areas. This progress allowed the Coordination Commission to look forward to the Games with confidence, but not to forget that much work still remains to be done.
Budget And Staffing
During the meeting, TOROC reported that their Executive Board had finalised the budget for the Games and that this budget was 1,138 million euros. This will now allow TOROC to advance more quickly as the Games approach. Following the confirmation of the budget, TOROC were also able to confirm that their staffing plan was assured.
As with all Olympic Games, the Organising Committee does not work in isolation, and the report confirmed the progress that had been made in terms of TOROC’s relationships with different authorities thanks to the new management team now in place. Partners were pleased with the changes and the acceleration of contacts, there had been progress with the different local authorities involved, and the full integration of the Prefect of Turin was advancing well.
Ticketing And Capacity
Ticket sales are going well, with 50% of the ticketing budget covered, but more promotion of tickets is planned for the end of the year. Construction also continues to advance, with a solution having been found with the FIL and FIBT for the bob and luge track. An increase in capacity for some of the mountain venues is also under consideration as progress is made with transport plans for the mountain area.
The importance of the legacy of the Games was also discussed and it has been reported that a company may be created to manage some of the Olympic venues post-Games time. This will ensure that the venues continue to serve the local community long after the Games are over.
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out at eight different competition sites. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games. The Commission’s final visit will be in November, while working groups of the Commission will continue to visit Turin during the coming months.