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IOC gives high mark to Vancouver’s Games preparations
On his second visit to Vancouver since the city was awarded the 2010 Olympic Winter Games five years ago, the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Jacques Rogge, praised the progress that the Organising Committee (VANOC) is making. The President was in town at the same time as the Coordination Commission, the group of IOC members and experts monitoring preparations and guiding VANOC throughout the challenging journey leading to the staging of the Olympic Winter Games in 2010.
“The work that is being done here by the VANOC team and its partners is of a very high standard and I would like to thank everyone involved in Games preparations for their professionalism and dedication”, said the IOC President during the press conference wrapping up the three days of meetings.
”I am glad to see that athletes are already enjoying brand new sports facilities and are speaking highly about them. Sporting venues will be one of the many legacies that the Games will leave behind and we know that VANOC is doing its best to deliver a strong heritage to local communities,” he added.
“The next two years will be busy but I have no doubt that our friends in Vancouver will keep up the good work to achieve their goal, drawing from the advice and knowledge that the IOC and its very experienced Coordination Commission are putting at their disposal,” Rogge concluded.