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06 Feb 2006
Olympic News

TORINO 2006: Last Presentation by TOROC to the IOC Executive Board

At the IOC’s Executive Board meeting today, the Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy, gave an overview of the current status of preparations for the Games. Making a comparison with the discipline of Alpine skiing, Killy commented that with everything almost in place, TOROC was looking for the last 100th of a second in order to ensure a place on the podium. He also noted that the IOC administration was on-site and assisting TOROC during these final days of preparation.
Resolved Issues
IOC member and Games Supervisor for the Italian Government, Mario Pescante began TOROC’s report by giving a general overview of the current situation and commenting on the major issues that had been recently resolved. Pescante noted that over the past few months, TOROC had been able to resolve the issues related to their budget and that a solution had been found to the issues surrounding the conflicts between the Italian anti-doping law and the IOC’s doping guidelines.
TOROC President Castellani gave the IOC Executive Board a run-down of TOROC’s recent achievements and a forecast for the final few days of preparations. With the Italian organisers gearing up for the start of the Games on 10 February, these achievements were numerous, but obviously many minor details still need to be finished.
Over 700,000 tickets
The TOROC CEO, Cesare Vaciago, spoke on a number of operational topics to the Executive Board including ticket sales. Mr Vaciago noted that over 700,000 tickets had now been sold, representing over 85% of TOROC’s ticketing budget objective.
Other Organising Committees (OCOGs)The Executive Board also received updates about the three other OCOGs currently working towards their Olympic Games: Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. The Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 was represented by Wang Wei, an Executive Vice President of BOCOG and Zhang Qing, Director of International Relations. Their report covered a number of general points on construction, Games preparations, Games services and communications. This report was followed by the reports of Beijing 2008 Coordination Commission members Richard Kevan Gosper and Hein Verbruggen. Reports were also heard from Denis Oswald, Chairman for the IOC Coordination Commission for London 2012, and from Gilbert Felli, Executive Director for the Olympic Games, on Vancouver 2010.

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