- 28 Jan 2006
- Olympic News
TORINO 2006: IOC Coordination Commission Guides TOROC To The Finish Line
Under the Chairmanship of Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC Coordination Commission for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 has guided the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) from winning bid to fully prepared Olympic host, ready to welcome all those taking part in the biggest and best winter sports competition of them all.
The Role Of The Commission
An Olympic Games Coordination Commission is formed shortly after the election of the host city, to oversee and assist the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (OCOG) in the planning, construction and operations of such Games. The Commission includes representatives of the IOC, the International Federations, the National Olympic Committees and athlete and International Paralympic Committee representatives, as well as experts in various Games-related fields.
Supervision And Support
The IOC Coordination Commission provides supervision and support in the seven years leading up to the Games and aims to ensure respect of the Olympic Charter and the Host City Contract. It makes sure of the services and facilities proposed by the OCOG during plenary sessions, visits and technical working groups. There are regular meetings in the host cities interspersed with frequent reports on the progress of such elements as the building of venues and infrastructure.
Advice And Experience
Commenting at the end of the final Coordination Commission visit to Turin last year, TOROC President Valentino Castellani said: “For more than six years now, we have had the opportunity to appreciate the advice and experience of the IOC Coordination Commission. We all share the same passion for the Olympic Games and this passion drives us all to want to do our best possible work to ensure the success of the Games. We are especially passionate about doing our best for the athletes.”
The Members Of The Turin Commission
The Coordination Commission for the Turin Games has been led since its inception by Jean-Claude Killy. He has been joined since the beginning of the Torino 2006 adventure by current IOC members: Prince Albert of Monaco, René Fasel, Gerhard Heiberg, Gian-Franco Kasper and Gunilla Lindberg; as well as other Games experts: Rémy Charmetant, Paul E. George, Heinz Jungwirth, Arne Myhrvold and François Terranova. The athletes were initially represented on the Coordination Commission by Vladimir Smirnov, who was replaced in 2002 by Jari Kurri. The Commission was also joined in 2002 by Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.
The Olympic Winter Games will run from 10 to 26 February 2006 in Turin. 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 one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.