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09 Jun 2005
Olympic News

TORINO 2006: Turin On Track For 2006

After three days of positive meetings, including full tours of the city and mountain venues, the IOC’s Coordination Commission successfully concluded its ninth and penultimate visit to the host city of the 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. In addition to reviewing the progress made by the Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 (TOROC) and public authorities, the Commission specifically addressed the services that will be provided to the athletes, the International Federations, the National Olympic Committees, the media, spectators and sponsors.

The first day of the Coordination Commission’s visit to Turin was devoted to visits of the venues for the XX Olympic Winter Games. Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy commented, “Venues like the Palavela, the Olympic Village and Torino Esposizione show how the city’s past is meeting its future. The IOC is pleased to note that local and regional authorities are already considering legacy provisions, to ensure that venues used during the Games will make a healthy contribution to that future long after the Games have left the city.”

Great Progress
At the end of the Commission’s visit, Killy said, “We have seen great progress here in Turin, with venue construction, infrastructure and city beautification advancing on track and the organisation of the Games moving ahead well. The quality of construction and the detailed work of the Organising Committee should provide a first-rate experience for the athletes, who will be arriving less than eight months from now.” He continued, “Since the full Coordination Commission visit in December last year, a solution has been found to the potential budget concerns, and the Organising Committee has been given a fresh sense of direction and renewed purpose. The IOC has also been pleased to note improved cooperation by the local, regional and national government, with that cooperation delivering positive results.”

Work To Be Done
However, Killy had a word of caution for the organisers, “The Commission’s next full visit will take place in November, by which time all venues and infrastructure must be finished in time for the final tests that are vital to Olympic Games success. By November, the Organising Committee should also be fully operational. There should be no doubt that a huge amount of work remains to be done before the Games. The IOC is confident that the remaining work can and will be completed successfully, delivering Olympic Games that demonstrate the best of Italy.”

TOROC President Valentino Castellani also confirmed his confidence in the progress of preparations, “We are always pleased to welcome the IOC to Turin, and especially so when we have so much good news to report. We are confident that both the physical and organisational aspects will be ready for these Italian Games to be brought to life by the athletes and spectators.”

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 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games. The Coordination Commission’s final visit will be in November, while working groups of the Commission will continue to visit Turin during the coming months.

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