The IOC’s Coordination Commission, of which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is member, made its seventh visit to Vancouver last week. The Commission confirmed that the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC) continues to be on the right track to host top quality Olympic Winter Games in February 2010. The Commission was particularly pleased to see that VANOC’s participation in the IOC’s Beijing 2008 Observer’s Program had a positive impact on its planning and that the Games legacy remains a top priority for the next Olympic Games organizers.
The Coordination Commission Chairman RenÃ© Fasel said: â€œWith the Beijing Games now over, it is Vancouver 2010’s turn to step into the spotlight and I am confident that Vancouver 2010 can also raise the bar for the Olympic Winter Games. The team is in the process of finalizing a number of key Games-time plans, such as transport, volunteers and staffing, over the coming few months, and will then be in a very good position going into their operational phase at the end of next year.â€
The Commission especially spent time reviewing venues in the Whistler area, which will host the skiing and sliding sports as well as the athletes’ village. Next season will see FIS World Cup events in five of the six FIS Olympic disciplines being held in the 2010 Olympic site, providing a valuable real-time test of the Olympic organizers’ preparedness.