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15 Mar 2005
Vancouver 2010 , IOC News

Vancouver 2010 : five- year countdown for Paralympics

On 12 March, in Whistler, Canada, Phil Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee (VANOC), announced the five-year countdown to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games.

Venue tour
Craven, who is also an IOC member, toured the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Games venues in Whistler, including the Nordic skiing competition venue, Paralympic Village, Whistler Creekside (Alpine skiing venues) and Meadow Park Arena (wheelchair curling venue).

Compact Games
“It was very exciting for me, for the first time in person, to see most of the venues to be used in 2010. I am confident that the Vancouver 2010 Winter Paralympics will offer compact Games for athletes, spectators and media alike,” commented the IPC President.

Forty countries
Forty countries are expected to participate in the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, including an estimated 600-800 athletes and 5,000-8,000 volunteers. The 10-day competition will take place between 12 and 21 March 2010, following the Olympic Winter Games.

Four sports
The Paralympic Winter Games sports are: Alpine Skiing, Ice Sledge Hockey, Nordic Skiing and Wheelchair Curling.

Learn more on Vancouver 2010

Official website of Vancouver 2010

Official website of the International Paralympic Committee
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