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03 Feb 2004
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Visa International and TOROC announce partnership

Visa International today announced its partnership with the Turin Organising Committee for the XX Olympic Winter Games (TOROC) as a Worldwide Sponsor of both the Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games of Turin in 2006.

Exclusive payment card
As a worldwide Olympic Sponsor, Visa will be the exclusive payment card and the official payment system at the XX Olympic Winter Games, which run from 10-26 February 2006, and the IX Paralympic Games, which run from 10-19 March 2006, in Turin, Italy.

Cornerstone of global message
On the occasion of a signing ceremony today in Milan, Hans van der Velde, President and CEO of Visa EU, said, "The signing of the agreement with TOROC is an exciting time for not only Visa, but also for our Member Banks too. The Olympic and Paralympic Games form the cornerstone of our global acceptance message and they provide excellent business-building opportunities for our Members."

Olympic values
TOROC President Valentino Castellani noted: "The attention that Visa has devoted to sports over the course of its sponsorship of the Olympic Games and the great sensibility particularly shown towards youth and the Paralympic sports, are the strong points of this relationship, making TOROC proud to join Visa in spreading the Olympic values."

Olympic partnership since 1986
Since 1986, Visa’s Olympic partnership has incorporated five Olympic Games (Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens), five Olympic Winter Games (Calgary, Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano and Salt Lake City), and two Paralympic Games (Salt Lake City and Athens). In addition, Visa has extended its Olympic and Paralympic Games sponsorship through to 2012.
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