(ATR) With leaders of the Turin Winter Olympics in Athens this week to observe the Paralympics, last-minute preparations are underway in Italy for the unveiling of a mascot for the 2006 Games.
The mascot unveiling is set for September 28 in Rome, the location chosen to help boost national interest in the Winter Games.
This week brings 52 members of the Turin staff to Athens in a variety of roles. Some will operate Casa Italia, the hospitality center for the Italian Paralympic team, other staff will be in involved with the promotion of the 2006 Winter Paralympic Games and a third group from Turin will be credentialed as official observers in Athens.
On Wednesday Turin organizers will hold a briefing to announce their plans for the Winter Paralympics, set for March 10-19.
Officials from Turin in Athens include President Valentino Castellani, Tiziana Nasi, president of the Operating Committee for the Torino 2006 Paralympics, Evelina Christillin, deputy president of the TOROC and Marcello Pochettino, deputy chief executive officer of the TOROC.
?The Paralympics of Athens are the last chance for us to consolidate our experience. Even though the figures of the Paralympic Games of Torino 2006 are smaller than those of Athens, it is fundamental for us to observe the work of the Athens organizers, especially to study the competition venues and the infrastructures that will be provided for the disabled athletes?, said Castellani in a statement.
In other developments from Turin, confirmation is pending on a meeting between the President of the International Olympic Committee and the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Sources tell ATR the meeting is expected to take place by the end of the month.
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