Said Ms. van Driel: “We are very satisfied with VANOC’s preparations for the Paralympic Winter Games."
With less than one year to go until the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, the preparations are well underway. The Co-ordination Commission including International Paralympic Committee (IPC) representative Rita van Driel and IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez, attended various meetings and received updates and presentations from the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee (VANOC). Areas discussed during the meeting included sport, spectator services, media services, marketing and technology.
During a Paralympic working group session, IPC and VANOC discussed the overall progress on the Paralympics and the development in some specific areas. In regards to Transport as well as iVictory Ceremonies and Sport Presentation at the Games good progress has been achieved by VANOC. Discussions in the various areas built on productive and friutful meetings with the IPC in mid March shortly before the Chefs de Mission Seminar.
Said Ms. van Driel: “We are very satisfied with VANOC’s preparations for the Paralympic Winter Games. A further enhancement of the close collaboration with VANOC will ensure that the 2010 Winter Paralympics will be a great success and that athletes as well as spectators will have a great experience in March 2010.”
In parallel to the Commission meeting, the eighth IOC-UNEP Sport and the Environment Conference also took place in Vancouver this week. The Conference is a bi-annual forum for bringing together the world of sport to talk about the environment and sustainability.
The IOC Co-ordination Commission reviews the progress of the Organizing Committees on a regular basis and additionally includes a Paralympic working group and Paralympic topics. The next and last Co-ordination Commission visit to Vancouver will take place in August 2009.
For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, please visit the official website at www.vancouver2010.com.