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  • 2010 Olympics Make Paralympic Preps


    09/21/04

    Whistler, B.C. will host the 10th Winter Paralympics from March 5-14, 2010. (ATR) 
    (ATR) The chief executive of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver says that the mountain resort of Whistler is ?tailor-made? to host the 2010 Winter Paralympics.

    Speaking from Athens where he and a team from Vancouver are observing the 2004 Paralympics, John Furlong says one of his main impressions from Athens is the way the much-smaller Paralympics will fit in Whistler.

    With the exception of opening and closing ceremonies which will take place in Vancouver, all the Winter Paralympic events will take place in Whistler from March 5 to 14 in 2010.

    The 2010 Paralympics will be the first to be covered by U.S. TV network NBC, which Furlong says should provide ?a tremendous opportunity in North America for the promotion of Paralympic sport?.

    After visiting Athens during the Olympics and now again for the Paralympics, Furlong says he also sees that while it may be tempting ?to take a break? in between events, the transition from one to the other ?must be seemless?.

    Furlong says International Paralympic Committee President Phil Craven has high expectations for the 2010 Winter Paralympics, given the leadership position Canada holds in the world on issues affecting the disabled.

    The Winter Paralympics have been held eight times since 1976. The last games in Salt Lake City drew about 560 athletes from 35 countries. Turin will host the next edition in March 2006 with roughly the same number of athletes.

    More Olympic news of the week in the September 24 issue of Around the Rings.com, for subscribers only.