Turin takes big step towards 2006
Following two days of positive meetings and a tour of city venues, the IOC’s Coordination Commission successfully concluded its eighth visit to the host city of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games. In addition to reviewing the progress made by the Organising Committee for the Turin 2006 Olympic and Paralympic Games (TOROC) and public authorities, the Coordination Commission specifically focussed on the services that will be provided to the athletes and International Federations, the National Olympic Committees, the media and sponsors.
“Since our last visit in May, Turin has taken a big step towards being ready for the Games of 2006,” said Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy. “There has been encouraging progress in all areas. Throughout the city, construction sites are finally becoming Olympic venues, showing respect for the urban environment and Turin’s architectural heritage.”
“TOROC has also demonstrated progress in its planning and operations: work in areas like transport is now very advanced,” said Killy. “The progress in Turin and the mountains comes just in time. This winter, world-class sports events will provide important tests of the facilities that will serve the Games. There is no time to be lost in the race to be ready for the world’s best Winter sports athletes.”
The Coordination Commission’s previous visit to Turin confirmed the existence of significant gaps between potential demand and supply in areas such as accommodation. For the most part, those gaps have been closed. “There is still much work to be done but I remain confident that everything can be completed on time, as long as we make the most of every moment between now and the Games,” said Killy.
This week’s meetings of the IOC Coordination Commission in Turin follow recent visits to Rome by IOC President Jacques Rogge, Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy and Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. They addressed Italian support for the Games in particular.
After the new supervisor of the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games, Mario Pescante, addressed the Coordination Commission’s opening session, Killy said: “As a man of great experience and a fellow IOC member, Mario Pescante is well known and well respected in the sports world. Mario Pescante’s arrival reinforces the leadership of the Games in Turin. His appointment as supervisor is an important demonstration of a commitment by all of Italy towards making these Games a success.”
TOROC President Valentino Castellani said: “The meetings of the last few days have reminded us of how far we have come, but also of how far we must still go. With the help of all our partners, we passionately believe we can complete the remaining work and deliver successful Games on behalf of Italy.”
Working groups of the Coordination Commission will continue to visit Turin during the coming months and clusters of test events. The full Commission will meet again in Turin in June 2005.