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06 Apr 2006
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TORINO 2006: Legacy Lives Here


Talking about the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Turin Games, said, “If you take the quality of the sites, the quality of the sports, you couldn’t do really any better than that.” This statement shows that the Games described by IOC President Jacques Rogge as being “truly magnificent Games”, were of the highest quality and very successful. As importantly, the positive effect of the Turin Games will not stop now that the Games are over.
 
Sporting Legacy
A tremendous sporting legacy will be left to the people of Turin and the Piedmont Region following the Turin Games. Aside from the obvious legacy that comes from being exposed to the best athletes in the world competing in your own region, the Olympic Games also provided the opportunity for many local residents to discover new sports and disciplines that they may not otherwise have tried. These initiatives ranged from winter sports lessons for school children to initiatives by local sports clubs to introduce locals to winter sports that were previously little known in Italy. Commenting on these initiatives, the IOC’s Executive Director for the Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli, said, “It has been encouraging to see the work that was carried out at grassroots level for the promotion of sports ahead of Torino 2006 and we look forward to seeing that work continue as part of the Turin Games legacy. The fact that so many people have been exposed to new winter sports and disciplines, can only be positive for Italian sport and will undoubtedly help promote Olympic Values across Italy.”
 
Green Games
The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) carried out a large amount of work on the environmental aspects of their project in the lead-up to, and during the Games, and this work will continue to pay benefits for many years to come. These projects ranged from HECTOR, their carbon neutral programme, to the blending of the ski jump venue in Pragelato into the landscape, through sensitive design that works with the natural gradients and contours of the location. It is initiatives such as these that will ensure that the environmental legacy of the Games will be positive. The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Executive Director, Klaus Toepfer has said, “By locating in the city centre several key events, such as figure skating or ice hockey, along with accommodation for athletes and media, the organisers have dramatically increased the likelihood that these buildings and structures will be sustainably used in the future for sports, other leisure activities and housing.” He continued, “During the two weeks of competition this is likely to have increased commuting and transportation between the urban areas and the events staged in more rural, mountainous locations. But over the longer term the environmental impacts are likely to be positive.”
 
Venues
The Olympic Venues will also leave a tremendous legacy to the city of Turin and the Piedmont Region. The IOC encourages host cities to ensure that each venue has a positive legacy. Indeed during the candidate city process, the IOC insists that prospective host cities describe the legacy implications of each of their venues. Taking this principle of post-Games use and of not creating “white elephants”, Torino 2006 saw the utilization of already existing venues – which were renovated for the Games – and of temporary venues, such as, for example, the Torino Esposizioni, where ice hockey was played. The post Games use of many venues has already been identified, such as the Olympic Villages, the Torino Oval or the Palasport Olimpico, they include projects such as: housing, hotels, exhibition spaces, multi-functional facilities and, of course, sports venues. This foresight and planning should allow the legacy of the Turin Olympic Games to be felt for many years to come.

Promotion of sustainable development

 Torino 2006

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