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10 Feb 2005
Olympic News

Turin 2006: One year to go

IOC President Jacques Rogge today signed invitations to the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) to participate in the XX Olympic Winter Games – Turin 2006. In a ceremony held at the Lingotto in Turin, IOC member and Italian Under-Secretary of State for Culture Mario Pescante, TOROC President Valentino Castellani, Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy and Italian Olympic Committee Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi joined President Rogge in inviting the world to the Games in Turin.

Full house
Taking place in a packed auditorium, the ceremony began with Neve and Gliz – Turin 2006’s mascots – welcoming the guests to the ceremony, with the official delegation entering a few minutes later. Following the Olympic Anthem, speeches were made, followed by a short video presentation of the Games in Turin. The ceremony ended with President Rogge signing the invitations to the Italian, Sammarinese, Slovenian and Swiss National Olympic Committees.

Exceptional and unique moment
During his speech, President Rogge emphasised that with only 365 days left to the Games, the world was turning its attention to Turin with great expectations, and that these were the Games of all Italy and all Italians. President Rogge further pointed out that this was an exceptional and unique moment because this was the first time that the invitations had been sent to the NOCs from the host city. It is also the third time that Italy will host an Olympic Games, and President Rogge again thanked everyone involved in the Games preparations for their hard work and dedication.

Confidence in preparations
Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy reinforced the IOC’s confidence in the preparations for Turin 2006 and also pointed out the special nature of the Winter Games. Both Mario Pescante and Valentino Castellani, who spoke about the successful completion of the venues and the success of the current group of test events, picked up on the theme of confidence in the preparations. Mr Castellani also pointed out that TOROC was moving into operational mode and was preparing to host the athletes of the world. And it was the athletes that Raffaele Pagnozzi put at the top of his agenda, when he described the anticipation of the Italian athletes to perform at home and the importance that this home advantage might have for the Italian team in 2006.

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