VANCOUVER 2010: IOC President visits Games venues
The IOC President Jacques Rogge is in the 2010 Olympic Winter Host City of Vancouver this week and, during his visit, he has had the opportunity to see first hand the great progress that has been made on some of the venues for the Games. Kicking-off his visit with a trip to the Richmond speed skating oval and the UBC Winter Sports Centre, the President was also able to see where the athletes will sleep in Vancouver in 2010 at the Vancouver Olympic Village.
Commenting on his visit to some of the venues, Rogge said, “It has been very exciting this week to see the progress that has been made on the venues for the Vancouver Games. With a little under two years to go, the Vancouver Organising Committee and its local partners have made great progress in making sure that the athletes in 2010 will be able to compete on some truly impressive competition venues and sleep in two state-of-the-art villages. I have no doubt that when the athletes arrive for the Games, they will be very happy with the venues and villages that they will have here in British Columbia.”
Since winning the right to host the Games in 2003, the Vancouver 2010 organisers have made it one of their top priorities to make sure that the venues for the Games will be ready well in advance of 2010, thus ensuring that when the athletes of the world arrive in 2010 that everything is fully tried and tested. This ambitious goal is becoming a reality with every passing day, with five sports venues already completed by the end of last year.
Vancouver and Whistler will host the XXI Olympic Winter Games from 12 to 28 February 2010 and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from 12 to 21 March 2010. The seven Winter Olympic sports that will be on show in Vancouver are Luge, Skiing, Skating, Ice Hockey, Biathlon, Bobsleigh and Curling.