Turin Ready to Enter Operational Phase of 2006 Olympic Winter Games Preparations
The Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), responsible for reviewing the state of preparations of the XX Olympic Winter Games which will take place in Turin in just over three years' time (10 to 26 February 2006) and for providing support to the Organising Committee (TOROC), today concluded two days of productive meetings in Bardonecchia, the mountain resort outside Turin which will host snowboarding and one of the three Athletes' Villages.
The Commission acknowledged the significant work undertaken by TOROC to consolidate its organisation and develop new working practices over the last year. In 2002, TOROC has hired 135 people, including key managers with past Olympic experience, and in recent months has implemented inter-functional committees to enable more efficient work flows.
The increased cooperation between the organisers and local institutions, such as the Agenzia Torino 2006, which is in charge of the construction of permanent venues, the local authorities and public institutions overseeing public funded construction work, was also praised by the IOC delegation. The creation of a Supervisory Committee which gathers together all constituents involved in the Olympic project, together with regular meetings with the Public Function Minister in charge of the Olympic Games, Mr Frattini, has clarified roles and strengthened relationships.
2003 will be a turning point for TOROC as preparations will move from a planning phase to an operational phase that will define the shape of the Games. On 1 April, important construction work, such as the luge and bobsleigh tracks, will be launched.
"We are satisfied to see that TOROC and local institutions have strengthened their relationship and are now working closely together", said Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the Coordination Commission. "The coming year will be decisive to maintain the momentum reached so far and ensure that not a day is lost in the progress of Games preparations."
"A recent poll undertaken by the University of Turin shows that the local population clearly recognises that the Olympic Games will bring benefit to the city in the form of more developed infrastructures, economic investment and increased international recognition. The 2006 Winter Games represent a unique platform for Turin to promote Italy, its hospitality and its culture, and to build a unique legacy for the future. It is important that organisers, together with the business community, take advantage of this opportunity. We all look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with TOROC and to visiting Turin in six months' time for our next meeting", he added.
"After three meetings held in Turin, we were pleased to welcome the IOC Coordination Commission in Bardoneccchia, one of the most popular ski resorts in the Piedmont region, that will offer great slopes to snowboarders in 2006", said Valentino Castellani, President of TOROC. "The relationship between TOROC and the IOC has been further strengthened and the support and ideas that were expressed over the last two days by the members of the Commission have been extremely encouraging. We all look forward to the start of the winter season this weekend in Sestriere with the Alpine Skiing World Cup, and to continuing to work together until our next meeting", he concluded.