TORINO 2006: Executive Board Reviews Torino 2006 Status
With just over 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, Games Supervisor Mario Pescante, members of the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) and the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy, reported to the EB on the state of Turin’s preparations. During the meeting, the EB also approved the design of the medals and diplomas for the XX Olympic Winter Games.
As emphasised during the last Coordination Commission visit to Turin, having a united team in these final days of preparations is of utmost importance and it is a message that is being heard: Jean-Claude Killy reported to the EB on the state of TOROC’s relations with authorities, National Olympic Committees, sponsors, broadcasters, the media and workforce, as well as other key stakeholder groups.
Lighting the Flame
The EB was reminded of the forthcoming lighting of the Olympic Flame in Olympia, less than one month away. Arriving in Rome on 7 December, the Olympic Torch Relay heralds the coming of the Olympic Games as the world’s best Winter athletes make their final preparations. The Olympic Torch Relay will travel throughout Italy, further raising levels of host country interest in the Games.
With the transformation of the city of Turin now apparent ahead of the Games, the EB was informed about the progress of the different venues and infrastructure projects for the Games. While nearly all of the venues are now complete, there remain one or two venues still to be fully finished. Chairman Killy emphasised that for some of these venues, timelines are tight for the test events and, for this reason, there is no time to lose in the final days of preparations.
In addition to these points, the EB heard about several other topics relating to the Turin Games, notably, Games services, Image & Look, communications, marketing, legal issues, transport, security, technology and workforce. The Torino 2006 team also spoke to the EB about the Olympic Truce resolution, to be presented at the United Nations next week by the Italian government. The Coordination Commission will return to Turin on 29 and 30 November for its final meeting before the Games.
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 in 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.