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  • On the Scene -- Vancouver IOC Team Opens Latest Review


    VANOC chief John Furlong, B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts in Vancouver Oct. 21. (ATR)
    A team of winter Olympic experts from the IOC is midway through its second visit of the year to inspect preparations for the Vancouver 2010 Games.

    Tuesday, the IOC panel met with a coalition of federal, provincial and local tourism agencies. The agenda for the two-hour afternoon meeting with VANOC executives and partners included a presentation by the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism British Columbia and Tourism Vancouver.

    The tourism groups were believed to have presented an update on accommodation planning in Vancouver and Whistler. There are concerns that downtown Vancouver does not have enough rooms for Games visitors and that Whistler rates may be too high.

    The coordination commission also received updates on construction, sustainability and aboriginal participation, overlay, Games-time operations planning, sport events, transportation and workforce.

    The IOC inspectors began their day with a tour of Whistler venues.

    The 10-member panel is chaired by Rene Fasel, IOC member and president of the International Ice Hockey Federation. Fasel appeared at an earlier news conference by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell announcing the innovative post-Games move of prefabricated buildings from the Whistler Athletes' Centre to six B.C. communities for 156 units of social housing.

    Absent from this meeting are CoComm members the Prince of Orange from the Netherlands, FIS President Gianfranco Kasper and Japan Olympic Committee President Tsunekazu
    Ice hockey federation President Rene Fasel leads the IOC commission in Vancouver. (ATR)
    Takeda. Takeda is in Bali where he is attending the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia.

    The IOC commission last met in February, with IOC President Jacques Rogge on hand as well. The group is likely to meet two or three more times prior to the Games. The IOC Executive Board has scheduled its traditional pre-Games visit to the host city for December next year.

    Fasel will hold a press conference on Oct. 23 to wrap up this week’s visit of the commission.

    Written by
    Bob Mackin

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