- 15 Feb 2006
- Olympic News
TORINO 2006: President Rogge In The Olympic Village
Since the start of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, IOC President Jacques Rogge has spent a lot of time sharing the experiences of the athletes, not only because he has been talking to them about the Games and watching them compete, but also because he has been sleeping in the Olympic Village. As at each edition of the Games, since he was elected IOC President, Rogge has tried to maintain the close links between the IOC and the athletes by being as present as possible to hear what they have to say and to experience what they experience during their Olympic adventure.
Not The First Time For Rogge
This is not the first time that President Rogge has been a guest in an Olympic Village; as an athlete, he stayed in the Olympic Villages of Mexico City, Munich and Montreal. He was subsequently named Chef de Mission for the Belgian National Olympic Committee in Innsbruck, Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Calgary, which required him to stay in the Villages of these Olympic Host Cities and, finally, as President of the IOC, Rogge stayed in the Olympic Villages of Salt Lake City and Athens.
Commenting on his stay in the Village, President Rogge said, “The bed is very comfortable and I’m fully enjoying my time with the athletes.” He continued, “The Olympic Village is an important element of the Olympic Games for the International Olympic Committee not just because it is where the athletes stay, but also because it is the embodiment of what the Olympic Movement strives for: the youth of the world living together in harmony and peace.”
The Turin Olympic Village
The Turin Olympic Village is located adjacent to the Lingotto, where the Main Press Centre (MPC) and International Broadcast Centre (IBC) are located, and is connected to the Lingotto by a footbridge. The centre of the Village has been constructed around the restored historical building of the Mercati Generali (General Markets) that dates back to 1934. The Turin Village can host up to 2,500 athletes in an area of over 100,000 square metres. It contains all the amenities that the athletes could require during the Games, including a shopping centre and a massage centre. The Village was designed using bio-architectural methods and, after the Games, it will be used partly for housing and partly for research and high-tech services. There are also Olympic Villages in Sestriere and Bardonnechia.