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08 Feb 2006
Olympic News

TORINO 2006: Record Number Of NOCs To Participate in Turin

80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have confirmed their participation at the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006. This represents a new record for NOC participation at the Olympic Winter Games. The previous record was held by the Salt Lake City Games, which saw 77 NOCs participate. During the Turin Games, it is also estimated that the athlete breakdown should be around 60% male and 40% female, with around half of these athletes being aged between 16 and 24 years of age.
National Olympic Committees
The IOC currently recognises 202 NOCs in total. The NOCs promote the fundamental principles of Olympism at a national level within the framework of sports. They are committed to the development of athletes, and support the development of sport for all programmes and high performance sport in their countries. The NOCs ensure that athletes from their respective nations attend the Olympic Games. Only an NOC is able to select and send teams and competitors for participation in the Olympic Games. The NOCs competing at the Olympic Winter Games for the first time, are the NOCs of Ethiopia and of Madagascar.
Building On Success
IOC President Jacques Rogge commented on the record number of NOCs by saying: “I am delighted to see that a record number of National Olympic Committees will be participating at this year’s Olympic Winter Games in Turin. This shows that the collaborative work being carried out by the IOC, the NOCs and the International Federations continues to bear fruit and that interest in the Olympic Winter Games is increasing as each edition builds on the success of the Winter Games that preceded it.”
Women’s Participation In Turin
The IOC has, particularly in the last 20 years, increased the number of women’s events on the Olympic programme, in cooperation with the IFs and the Organising Committees. Thus, since 1991, all new sports wishing to be included on the Olympic programme must feature women’s events. In Turin, women will take part in 37 events out of 84 (that is 44% of all events), and in all seven sports.

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 2,600 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and one million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.

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