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02 Apr 2004

VANOC is born!

VANOC has been chosen as the acronym for the "Organising Committee for the XXI Olympic Winter Games", which will take place in six years, in 2010, in Vancouver. This announcement was made by John Furlong, CEO of Vancouver 2010, at the end of the first visit of the Coordination Commission of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to Vancouver.

Tour of Olympic sites in Vancouver and Whistler Mountain
During their three-day stay, which combined a series of meetings with tours of Vancouver and the mountain resort of Whistler, Commission members worked in partnership with the Vancouver 2010 Organising Committee and the public authorities to lay the foundations for preparations over the years ahead. At the end of the visit the Coordination Commission – a 11 person body tasked with assisting the Canadian organisers with preparations – was encouraged to see organisers moving forward on Games planning

"Foundations are put in place"
"This was the first trip to Vancouver for the full Coordination Commission", explained its Chairman, René Fasel. "Thanks to three very constructive days, we are leaving secure in the knowledge that the foundations are being put in place in terms of the talent of the organisers and the support from authorities and stakeholders necessary for success in 2010”, he concluded.

Important knowledge transfer
Vancouver 2010 CEO John Furlong said: With the IOC's continued support and knowledge, we are ready for our next tasks – building the organisation and venues, raising revenue and working towards other key milestones. "Since Vancouver won the right to host the XXI Olympic Winter Games at the IOC Session in Prague last year, the city has enjoyed preliminary meetings with the IOC ahead of this first Coordination Commission meeting, in particular with its Olympic Games Knowledge Services, in order to benefit from the IOC's experience of past Olympic Games. "The IOC has developed comprehensive tools for transferring the lessons learned from past Games", explained Fasel.

Read the press release

Official website of Vancouver 2010
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