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  • Turin Olympics Workers Pep Rally


    11/04/05

    TOROC President Valentino Castellani says events in the coming weeks will generate passion for the Turin Games. (ATR) 
    (ATR) As many as 10,000 workers and volunteers for the Turin Olympics are expected for a rally Friday as part of final preparations for the 2006 Games, now 98 days away.

    TOROC President Valentino Castellani tells Around the Rings the meeting "is meant to say thank you for what they have done and thank you for what they are going to do."

    "We hopes this triggers passion in the hearts of the people who will be working on the Games," says Castellani, who traveled overnight to attend the rally from New York City where he was at the United Nations for the Olympic Truce.

    Along with staff and volunteers from the organizing committee, the meeting is expected to draw workers from city and regional governments with a role in the Olympics, including public safety personnel such as police and fire brigades.

    Meanwhile, Castellani describes the mood in the Olympic City as "exciting", especially as construction of public works and Olympic venues comes to an end.

    "It's like discovering how your hometown is changing", says the TOROC president.

    More on the Turin Olympics and the week?s Olympics news in the November 4 issue of Around the Rings.Com, on line today, for subscribers only.