Spirit Of Partnership Starts To Deliver For Sport In Vancouver
Following two days of positive meetings and visits to Olympic Games sites, the IOC’s Coordination Commission successfully concluded its second visit to the host city of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to reviewing the progress made by the Organising Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), the Coordination Commission made it a priority to meet with all Games stakeholders, including city, provincial and federal governments, and the First Nations.
“Preparing for the Olympic Games is a team effort. The IOC is delighted to see all the partners here in Vancouver on the same side, working towards a common goal of serving sport and the athletes,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chairman René Fasel. “Games preparations in and around Vancouver are in the foundation phase. It is good to see a solid foundation of trust and expertise being built here.”
“VANOC successfully made the transition from bid to organising committee, with the help of its partners,” said Fasel. “VANOC is now delivering winning results: attracting high-quality, experienced staff, attracting impressive sponsors and preparing thoughtful plans.”
Meetings between the IOC, VANOC and partners involved in preparing the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games covered areas including sport, venue planning, accommodation, transport and security.
“The IOC Coordination Commission’s job is to observe, advise and encourage Games organisers,” said Fasel. “The IOC has been helping VANOC learn the lessons of past Games, emphasising best practice, legacy and sustainability. It has been satisfying to see that VANOC has taken those lessons to heart. In recent years, the IOC has made significant efforts to improve Olympic Games preparations, working hard to transfer knowledge, improve planning and manage risk. The IOC’s fruitful partnership with VANOC shows how the Olympic Games are set to reap the rewards of that hard work.”
VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong said: “We’re proud to report to the IOC Coordination Commission a highly successful first year. Our executive leadership team is in place and planning is advancing in all areas. Our sponsorship program is off to an excellent start and, after months of work, we are ready to unveil our Games emblem later this month. Our venue development programme is on track, with construction of new venues starting this summer.”
“Our vision is clear – to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by delivering an extraordinary Games experience in 2010, with lasting legacies,” said Furlong. “We’ll achieve that vision by working as one team with our partners and with the IOC’s valuable guidance every step of the way.”
Project reviews involving the IOC Coordination Commission executives will continue to take place in Vancouver during the coming months. The full Coordination Commission will meet again in Vancouver following the Turin 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.