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07 Feb 2006
Olympic News

Torino 2006: The IOC Executive Board visits the Olympic village

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee, led by IOC President Jacques Rogge, today visited the Turin Olympic Village. With only three days to go until the start of the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006, the Village is coming to life as the athletes of the world congregate in this unique Olympic venue. The Executive Board received a full tour of the venue and was able to take the opportunity to meet with some of the Turin Games’ future protagonists.

A Full Visit
During their visit of the Olympic Village, the members of the Executive Board were able to enjoy breakfast with the athletes at the main dining hall, after being welcomed by the Olympic Village Manager. They then visited a voting booth, where the athletes will cast their votes in order to elect the two new members of the IOC’s Athletes’ Commission. They continued their visit in the residential zone, where they were able to see the Village’s sports complex, the internet café, the polyclinic, an apartment and a National Olympic Committee (NOC) office. The visit ended with a ceremony to start the Olympic Truce wall signing initiative and a tour of the Village’s international zone.

Top Quality
After his visit to the Olympic Village, IOC President Rogge commented: “I think it is top quality.” He continued, “I tested my mattress this morning and the acoustic quality of the room is very good. You can’t hear anything and you know for the athletes, acoustics are very important.”

The Olympic Villages
For the Turin Games, there will be three Olympic Villages located in Turin, Sestriere and Bardonecchia. The Villages will provide all the necessary facilities for the athletes, so that they will be able to take part in the Games to the best of their abilities. The Villages have a combined capacity of 4,050 and they are truly the centre of the Games for the approximately 2,500 athletes that will take part in them.

The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. 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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