The IOC’s Coordination Commission is paying its ninth and last visit to the next Olympic host city of Vancouver this week. The Commission, including FIS President Gian Franco Kasper, will spend two days – 25th to 26th August – hearing from the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC) about its progress, as it looks to stage spectacular Olympic Winter Games. This visit will also see the participation of representatives of the Olympic Winter International Federations (IFs), with FIS represented by Secretary General Sarah Lewis, who will review the detailed planning around all aspects of the 2010 program.
With a little under six months to the Games, the IOC’s Coordination Commission will be working with VANOC to make sure that the Games stakeholders, such as the athletes, National Olympic Committees, IFs, rights-holding broadcasters, media and spectators are going to be happy with the services that VANOC plans to deliver at Games time. As it is the final meeting of the Commission, they will also be looking at where the project is globally and examining in detail a number of areas such as transport, access to venues and ticketing, which will be key to ensuring effective operations and a great Games-time experience.
With VANOC’s competition venues now completed and the two Olympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler well on their way to being handed over to VANOC for use at Games time, members of the Commission will also tour a selection of Vancouver’s Olympic venues. This will allow them to see the Olympic venues finalized after following their progress over the past six years during their construction.