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30 Sep 2004
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Turin 2006: 500 days until the Games


The Turin 2006 mascots officially presented on 28 September coincided exactly with 500 days before the opening of the Turin Olympic Winter Games, which will be held from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) seized the occasion of the mascot launch to brief the media on the progress made to date.



69 construction sites



All in all, 69 works and building sites have to be completed to stage the Olympic Games. Eighty-six per cent of them have already been completed or started, and the remaining 14% will be launched in 2004 or 2005.



Tickets: on sale from November 4



People from all over the world will be able to buy tickets for Turin 2006 from 4 November, using an easy, rapid, user-friendly system.
In countries of the European Economic Area, tickets will be available from the Turin 2006 web site, the Torino 2006 Call Centre and the sales channels of the National Olympic Committees (NOCs). In all other countries, tickets are available exclusively through the NOCs. Fifty per cent of the tickets for Turin 2006 will cost 50 euros or less.



NOI2006: the volunteer programme



To date, TOROC has received about 17,000 applications. Fifty-eight per cent of these are male, while 42% are female;
61% are young people between 18 and 34 years old, equally divided into students and employed; 15% are retired people; 56% have a higher education qualification, 28% have a university degree or masters. More than half come from the Olympic territory, speak English as a first foreign language, know some French, and also speak a little Spanish and German. Sixty per cent want to participate in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and 53% have affirmed their availability for more than 15 days.



Torch Relay: all Italian regions covered



The journey of the Olympic flame will start from Rome on 8 December 2005, and will pass through all the Italian Regions and Provinces. It will take 64 days, 10,000 torchbearers, and over 11,300km to carry the Olympic flame from Greece to Turin to light the cauldron during the Opening Ceremony of the Games. The torch has been designed by Pininfarina. The route of the Olympic flame will be officially presented in Rome on 7 December 2004.



40 companies have signed sponsorship agreements



A total of 40 companies are participating at various levels as sponsors of the Turin 2006 Olympic Games. The TOP Sponsors (international companies that have supported the organisation of several editions of the Olympic Games) are: Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, General Electric, John Hancock, Kodak, Lenovo, McDonald's, Panasonic, Samsung, Swatch and Visa. The Main Sponsors of the National Sponsoring programme are: Fiat/Iveco, Telecom, Tim and Sanpaolo. The Official Sponsors are: Alfa Romeo, Asics, Berloni, Budweiser, Eutelsat, Finmeccanica, Lancia and Reale Mutua. The Official Suppliers include: Adecco, Alpitour, Atkearney, Fast Buyer, Fontanafredda, Intercom, Italgas, Liski, Nortel Networks, Ottaviani, Pininfarina, Recchi, Schenker, Technogym, TicketOne and TNT.



Several sports events as tests



The calendar of forthcoming deadlines will include a number of "sports events" - international competitions that offer an opportunity to test each venue in the most realistic way before the Olympic Games. The test events will also verify all the aspects related to human resources, logistics, transport, media services and the coordination of the volunteers. The first "sports event" takes place in December 2004 (Alpine Skiing FIS World Cup), followed by the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships, a Bob World Cup competition, the Skeleton World Cup, and the European Figure Skating Championships in January 2005.





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