- 07 Apr 2006
- IOC News
Turin And Beijing At The Seoul Executive Board
During this weeks Executive Board (EB) meeting in Seoul, the EB heard reports on the Games of Torino 2006, from Gilbert Felli, Executive Director of the Olympic Games, and on Beijing 2008, from Hein Verbruggen, Chairman of the IOC’s Coordination Commission. The two reports allowed the EB to be updated on the latest information about these two Olympic Games host cities.
During Gilbert Felli’s general update on the Olympic Games, he spoke about the success of the Turin Games. Felli talked about the good conditions that Turin had offered the Olympic Family during its stay, as well as the progress that has been made in improving the quality of the Observers programme, which comprised over 40 visits for the current organising committees and the 2014 bid cities. He also praised the collaboration of Torino 2006 during the programme. Felli described the debriefing programme that will take place following the Games and which will culminate in a debriefing in Vancouver, in order to transfer the knowledge gained from the Turin experience to Vancouver 2010. The Executive Director concluded by giving some key figures about the 2006 Games, which included: 80 National Olympic Committees (NOCs), of which 26 NOCs won medals, and some 2508 athletes, of which around 38% were women.
During the intervention of Hein Verbruggen, he reported on the positive project review that took place last week in Beijing between the Organising Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad – Beijing 2008 (BOCOG) and a group from the IOC Administration. Verbruggen spoke of the positive spirit of cooperation that exists between the IOC and BOCOG, as well as the important integration of government bodies within the Games project in Beijing that will be necessary to provide successful Games. He continued by pointing out to the EB that sports venue construction continues to progress well, as does BOCOG’s marketing plan. Verbruggen concluded by explaining that BOCOG was now moving from the planning phase of its lifecycle to the operations phase and how the Coordination Commission would follow-up with BOCOG on this point at its next meeting in May in Beijing.