Archive for May, 2009

2009 RBC Local Hockey Leaders: 14 dedicated volunteers recognized – Feature Stories – Vancouver 2010

May 29th, 2009

It’s nearly impossible to count the volunteers in Canada who dedicate time, energy and passion toward sport in their communities. That’s why RBC created the Local Hockey Leaders Program in 2003, a national initiative to recognize and reward behind-the-scenes hockey volunteers who give their time to this sport.

Andrée Leblanc from Daveluyville, Quebec and Rick Jones from St. Catharines, Ontario are two amazing volunteers who have been recognized in 2009 for their outstanding involvement in minor hockey. RBC Insurance, with support from Hockey Canada and Hockey Hall of Fame, also also rewarded 12 other hockey volunteers, one for each Hockey Canada branch and an RBC employee, all of whom were nominated for their selfless commitment to minor hockey by members in their local communities.

Each winner will receive a signed Team Canada jersey and ,000 to use towards a registered charity or hockey cause in their community. They will also be recognized in a permanent display at the Hockey Hall of Fame which will be unveiled on June 16 during a special ceremony. In 2010, as a special reward, these 14 volunteers will get the unique chance to carry the Olympic Flame with a team of up to 20 individuals in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay presented by Coca-Cola and RBC and supported by the Government of Canada.

Winners were selected from hundreds of nominations by a panel including president and CEO of RBC Insurance Neil Skelding, National Women’s Team member Jayna Hefford, National Men’s Ice Sledge Hockey Team captain Jean Labonté, hockey legend Ron Ellis, Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games executive vice president Dave Cobb, Hockey Canada acting chair Ken Corbett and other Hockey Canada officials.

Andrée’s story

Hockey has been part of Andree Leblanc’s life since she was young. Every Saturday morning, she accompanied her father to the local arena where he coached a pee-wee team. “The players were like brothers to me and my sisters,” she said. Leblanc also played with friends in her teen years.

For the past 17 years, she’s volunteered with l’Association du Hockey Mineur Daveluyville and sat on the board of directors as vice-president, governor, registrar, manager of two hockey teams and supervisor of all tournaments in the Estrie region. “My father gave me his passion for hockey and I give it to my children through my volunteering and my support by attending all of their games,” said Leblanc.

“She’s a very important volunteer who always succeeds, even while raising four children, in ensuring that our village’s minor hockey association shows a positive image of the sport and of [demonstrating] the pleasure that players and parents can experience in the sport,” wrote Jérome Sicard in the nomination essay for his mother. Her current dream is to host the Dodge Cup in 2010 and she’s putting in long hours preparing the bid for her community.

Her motivation to give time, energy and knowledge to minor hockey comes from youth. “I care about youth who love this sport and want to play in the best possible conditions. I adore hockey and I want to pass on this passion to everyone I meet so that there is a continuity in this sport,” she explained.

Rick Jones, 2009 RBC Local Hockey Leader

Rick’s story

It was normal for Rick Jones to play ice and road hockey year round with his family of 10 brothers and sisters. Jones started volunteering about 30 years ago in the St. Catharines community by coaching the Special Olympics Baseball program. “I was asked to help out on third base and I was hooked from that moment on. My brother Brian has a developmental disability and he started to play baseball. This kept me interested, knowing that he could participate in sport like the rest of us,” he said.

Among his long list of accomplishments in the last few years, Jones initiated a program—the St. Catharines Special Needs Hockey Program—for the mentally challenged children and adults in the Niagara region that falls under the Catholic Youth Organization Hockey Association. He’s involved in all aspects of the program including coaching, mentoring, sitting on the board of directors and organizing the Program’s annual golf tournament fundraiser.

Mark Middleton, who nominated Jones for the RBC award wrote, “As a parent of a mentally disabled child, I don’t know what my son would be doing for enjoyment and sport if Rick hadn’t started this hockey program. This is not just a hockey team, but a place where disabled children and adults can socialize with their peers.”

“Whenever I see a special needs athlete cheering because the other team scored, I get goose bumps and it reaffirms my commitment to help people understand the true meaning of sportsmanship through the examples these kids show game after game,” said Jones who is also the president of the board of directors for Community Living St. Catharines.

Incredible feeling

Andrée and Rick both have trouble believing they will carry the Olympic Flame.

“It’s a dream for me. It’s an honour and I’m so proud. I feel like a kid and I’m counting down the days!” said Leblanc.

Jones said, “I’ve been a fan of the Olympic Games all of my life and to be able to say that I carried the Olympic Flame is one thing I know most people will never get to do. I will cherish this opportunity; it is a chance of a lifetime.”

Both of them want to use RBC ,000 monetary award for projects of their hockey associations wisely. Jones will use the money for a trip to England for the annual Special Hockey International tournament in two years. “Our team has always wanted to attend this event, but money was always an issue. This will bring us closer than ever to our goal.” Leblanc wants to use the money for projects that will directly benefit the association and youth.

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Over 150,000 tickets to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games up for sale June 6 Canadians can still purchase tickets to all events, including gold medal ice hockey, curling and ceremonies – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

May 29th, 2009

Vancouver, BC ― Canadians hoping to land dream tickets to an Olympic ice hockey showdown or the emotional spectacle of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will have another opportunity to secure tickets starting at 10:00 am (Pacific Time) Saturday, June 6 when the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) releases more than 150,000 tickets for sale to the public at

Tickets for every sporting event, as well as the Opening, Closing and nightly Victory Ceremonies at the 2010 Winter Games will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“This is a major release of tickets before the 2010 Winter Games, and is the best remaining opportunity for Canadian Olympic fans to get their hands on tickets,” said Caley Denton, vice president, ticketing and consumer marketing for VANOC. “We want to make sure everyone’s ready on Saturday morning, so take a minute to register a ticketing account if you don’t already have one and have a look at the schedules ahead of time. Whether you’re an ice hockey or a biathlon fan, or love the drama and colour of the ceremonies, tickets to every event will be available. We’ve worked hard to make as many tickets available as possible, and based on the enthusiasm shown by Canadians we anticipate demand will be high.”

In addition to the more than 150,000 competition and Opening and Closing Ceremonies tickets, this marks the first time thousands of Victory Ceremony tickets will be available as single tickets for . Previously they could only be purchased through the bundled Olympic Experience Packages available in the first round of sales. The nightly ceremonies at BC Place in downtown Vancouver will pay tribute to the medal-winning athletes as the International Olympic Committee recognizes the day’s accomplishments. Following the medal presentations, the athletes’ triumphs will be honoured with a celebration concert featuring renowned entertainers.

On June 6, ticket customers visiting will be directed to a virtual waiting room, where they will be randomly selected to enter the Vancouver 2010 ticketing website. Once signed into their account, customers will be able to purchase up to four separate events, with a limit of either four or eight tickets per event. If a customer wants to order more than the limit of four events, they will need to start a new transaction.

Helpful tips:

  • To save time, previously registered customers are advised to sign into their ticketing account at before June 6 to ensure their username and password are up-to-date and functional.

    • New customers without an existing account can save time by pre-registering an account before June 6.
  • The Competition Schedule, including the draws for the ice hockey tournaments for the Games and ticket prices, is posted on to make it easier for customers to plan their ticket-buying strategy ahead of time.

  • VANOC reminds customers that Visa is the only payment card accepted.

    • Customers will also have the option to select an offline payment and mail in a cheque.
  • Entry to the system is random — refreshing the web page will not reduce your wait time.
  • Plan ahead for purchases and ensure you have sufficient credit available in your account as purchases will be charged immediately.
  • Be wary of tickets offered for sale through unofficial channels. The only official sources for Canadians for tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games are (in partnership with VANOC’s official ticketing services supplier and official 2010 Winter Games hospitality partners Jet Set Sports and CoSport. 

    • Be vigilant about individuals or companies offering “guaranteed” tickets for sale. For most people, even a “money-back” guarantee is little consolation for the disappointment, inconvenience and embarrassment they will experience if they discover at the gate that their ticket is invalid.
  • Customers may also purchase tickets by phone at 1.800.TICKETS (1.800.842.5287), and a TDD/TTY service is available for persons who are deaf or hard of hearing at 604.629.7140.


Beginning on October 3, 2008 the Canadian public was invited to submit requests for tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Within a month, Canadian residents had submitted requests for more than 5 million in tickets. This overwhelming response was 4.5 times greater than the first phase of ticketing sales for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games ( million over nine weeks), the most recent Olympic Games held in North America. As a result, approximately 120 of 170 ticketed sessions for the 2010 Winter Games were allocated by lottery.

On December 12, 2008, remaining tickets from this first phase allotment were re-released for sale exclusively to ticket buyers who had participated in the initial ticket-request period; the remaining inventory was sold that day.

Earlier this month, VANOC opened the sale of tickets to the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games. Strong demand saw all available inventory to the gold medal ice sledge hockey game sold on the first day. Paralympic Games tickets will be available until June 5, but will be temporarily unavailable for purchase during Phase 2 of Olympic Games ticket sales.

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Work on Velodrome moves up a gear

May 28th, 2009

New photos showing the progress on the London 2012 Velodrome, designed to be the world’s fastest track, have been released by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

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Series on Olympic Congresses: Paris 1994

May 27th, 2009
The Centennial Olympic Congress in 1994, otherwise known as the Congress of Unity, was held in Paris, just as the first Congress had been. The opening speech was delivered by the then Mayor of Paris, Jacques Chirac, and among the distinguished guests was Jacques Cousteau.

Special events
In an endeavour to reconcile art, culture and sport several exhibitions and special events were organised. The Olympic Flame was relayed by athletes from the Eiffel Tower to Bercy, site of the Congress, via the Sorbonne; the Olympic Flag was brought down the Eiffel Tower by a champion climber; and there were several sports events including an Oxford-Cambridge-France boat race, the 8th Paris International Triathlon and a commemoration of the first final of the French rugby championship, a game that had taken place in 1892 and was refereed by Pierre de Coubertin.

Protection of the environment
The Congress proved trend-setting in an area of great interest today, namely protection of the environment which was declared to be an essential component of Olympism. A survey was conducted and measures to optimize the Olympic Movement’s contribution to preserving the environment were defined. Also at the 1994 Congress, for the first time the media were invited to speak and an entire theme was given over to them.

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IOC and Atos Origin extend partnership to 2016

May 25th, 2009
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an extension to its current partnership with Atos Origin through to 2016, including the XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014) in Sochi, Russia, and the Games of the XXXI Olympiad (2016). 


Atos Origin has been a key technology provider for the Olympic Movement since becoming the Worldwide Information Technology Partner in 2001.


IOC President Jacques Rogge welcomed the extension to the Olympic partnership and the continued involvement of Atos Origin in the Olympic Games. “The Olympic Games would not happen without the use of Information Technology.” Rogge said. “We rely on Atos Origin’s world class expertise and experience, and I am absolutely delighted to announce that the IOC will continue its partnership with Atos Origin for a further four years through to 2016”.


Gerhard Heiberg, Chairman of the IOC Marketing Commission, said, “Atos Origin has been a TOP Partner for over eight years and has already committed to partnering with the Olympic Movement through to 2016. The association of its brand with the Olympic Games, as well as its proven capability to deliver major IT solutions, has brought its organisation global recognition.”


Jean-Benoît Gauthier, IOC Director of Technology, said Atos Origin had played a critical role in the success of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, “Atos Origin is able to work with different stakeholders and technology partners, bringing them together to provide a seamless IT solution for the Olympic Games. Atos Origin has demonstrated its ability to deliver a very complex IT system for the Olympic Games on time and to budget through several editions of the Games. In Beijing this process involved years of preparation, over 4,000 IT experts, and 200,000 hours of testing. I’m delighted we will able to rely on Atos Origin for at least another four years.”


Thierry Breton, Chairman and CEO of Atos Origin, said, “We are particularly proud of our long-term partnership with the International Olympic Committee – a relationship based on enduring trust. We will continue to surpass ourselves from one Olympiad to the next, and will commit to deliver high level services as part of our mission for the Olympic Games. Managing this highly complex project and bringing together all the necessary cutting-edge technologies require a unique expertise – the ability to optimally combine processes, technologies and the skills of both our staff and of other partners".
For further information, please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:


To contact Atos Origin: Marie-Tatiana Collombert, Tel: + 33 1 55 91 26 33,


About the International Olympic Committee
The International Olympic Committee (IOC), created in 1894, is a non-governmental organisation with volunteer members who represent its work around the world, and an administrative staff based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IOC and its 205 National Olympic Committees worldwide promote the Olympic Movement, whose vision is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport. In addition to selecting the host city and coordinating the staging of the Olympic Games, the IOC and NOCs collaborate with a range of organisations and their members in the public and private sectors to place sport at the service of society. The main goal is to promote the values of Olympism, which include excellence, respect and friendship.


The host city of the 2016 Olympic Games will be announced at the 121st IOC Session, to take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, in October 2009.


Worldwide Partners currently confirmed for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 are:
Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung, Acer and Visa.


Atos Origin, Panasonic and Samsung have extended their partnership until 2016.


Coca-Cola’s partnership continues through to 2020.


About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company’s annual revenues are EUR 5.5 billion and it employs over 50,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

As the Worldwide IT Partner for the Olympic Games, Atos Origin is responsible for developing, running and securing key information systems for the Games, including:

– Core Games management systems for accreditation, workforce management, medical services, sports entries and athletes’ qualification

– The Games Info system for the collection and dissemination of all competition data on the Intranet and Internet to the world’s media

– Operations management of pre-Games central operations, management of the Technology Operations Centre, and coordination of the IT systems at all Games venues

– Security of the Games IT infrastructure


Kamloops To Host International Anti-Doping Workshop Ahead of 2010 Winter Games – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

May 22nd, 2009

VANCOUVER – The City of Kamloops, known as the Tournament Capital of Canada, will host an international workshop called “Fairness in Sport” this fall where anti-doping volunteers will be trained in the latest technological breakthroughs and fine-tune procedures for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The announcement was made today in Kamloops by Premier Gordon Campbell, Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar and John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

“Nothing is more integral in sport than fairness and sportsmanship, and this workshop will help ensure that athletes who have dedicated a lifetime of training are competing on a level playing field,” said Premier Campbell. “As the Tournament Capital of Canada, Kamloops is recognized across Canada and internationally as a leader in sports excellence and tournament hosting. This conference shows that the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games belong to every community in British Columbia.”

Over 200 volunteers will attend VANOC’s Fairness in Sport workshop, from Nov. 19 to 22, held in the heart of British Columbia’s southern Interior by VANOC. The participants will include: representatives from the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES), volunteer doping control officers (DCO) and blood collection officers (BCO). The workshop will focus on specific anti-doping requirements mandated by the IOC and the IPC.

“By delivering a state-of-the-art doping control program at the Games, all athletes can compete on a level playing field while showcasing their extraordinary athletic achievements to the world,” said Furlong. “This workshop is key to our anti-doping strategy and the City of Kamloops is playing an important role in preparing our workforce and ensuring the success of the 2010 Winter Games.

The four-day conference will provide an investment and benefit to the local tourism industry in the south central B.C. city, including 300 room nights booked, meeting space rentals and food services.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the world to our city and help anti-doping experts prepare for the upcoming 2010 Winter Games,” said Mayor Milobar. “As one of Canada’s premier hosts for sports tournaments, training camps and national and international competitions, our city embodies the spirit of fair play and excellence in athletics the Games always showcase.”

The workshop is being sponsored, in part, by the BC Road Builders Association and Heavy Construction Association.

“Our members are pleased to sponsor the Fairness in Sport workshop in partnership with VANOC,” said association President Jack Davidson. “The anti-doping message of this workshop aligns with our association’s value of having safe, drug-free work environments on all construction sites and also allows us to show our support for the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

VANOC Anti-Doping Program Background
The Kamloops conference builds on workshops held over the past year by VANOC to prepare its anti-doping team for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Under the authority and direction of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), VANOC’s 2010 Winter Games anti-doping program has two primary objectives: the implementation of a state-of-the-art testing program to detect and deter doping behaviour, and the execution of an extensive education program for athletes and their support teams about their rights and responsibilities regarding anti-doping rules and procedures.

At the 2010 Winter Games, an estimated 600 athlete chaperones, blood collection officers, specialized doping control officers, and contracted laboratory staff will conduct upwards of 2,000 tests, including pre-competition and in-competition urine and blood tests, on athletes competing at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February and about 450 tests at the Paralympic Winter Games.

In the 2008/2009 season VANOC’s anti-doping team successfully tested approximately 500 athletes at sport events such as figure skating, biathlon and alpine skiing, held at Olympic and Paralympic competition venues. An anti-doping outreach booth was also featured at athlete hotels to provide information on World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) educational resources and the Vancouver 2010 Anti-Doping Program.

The anti-doping laboratory for the Games will be located at the Richmond Olympic Oval and operated by Institut national de la recherche scientifique.

About the City of Kamloops
Incorporated in 1893, the City of Kamloops is nestled in a lush scenic valley at the confluence of the North Thompson River and South Thompson River in the heart of British Columbia’s southern Interior. Kamloops is the third-largest city by population and economic prosperity outside the Lower Mainland, with about 85,000 people residing within its municipal boundaries. It is also the transportation hub of B.C.’s southern Interior. Excellent highway and rail connections, as well as pan-Western and international air service link Kamloops to provincial, national and global markets.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Please visit for further details on programs and schedules.

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Temporary hostel for visitors and workers in Vancouver during 2010 Winter Games Request posted today for qualified service partners – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

May 22nd, 2009

Vancouver, BC — The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) will be setting up one or more low-cost temporary hostels for people seeking employment or youth travellers on a limited budget coming to take part in Games-related celebrations who do not have a place to stay during the Games. The temporary hostel(s) help meet a commitment made in the bid for the Games that pressure would not be placed on existing homeless shelters or low-income housing as a result of staging the Games.

“We know from the experience at past Games that as the Games approach, many people, especially young adults, come to the Host City to look for temporary work or to enjoy the atmosphere and fun, and won’t have arranged a place to stay,” said Donna Wilson, VANOC executive vice president, people and sustainability. “We want to minimize any pressure on existing homeless shelters or low-income housing.”

The temporary hostel(s), which will operate from November 15, 2009 through March 15, 2010, will provide basic accommodation and showers for guests. A modest fee will be charged to guests by the hostel operator. An estimated 100 people a night are expected in mid-November, with a peak of around 400 people during the height of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games in February, before tapering off again in March. These estimates are based on past demands at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and have been adjusted to reflect Vancouver’s size, location and temperate climate.

Today, VANOC posted a request for expressions of interest on BC Bid ( from organizations with expertise in operating similar accommodation facilities, along with the space and personnel needed to set up and run the hostel(s). This project has the potential to provide a training and capacity building opportunity for staff and volunteers. Proposals will be accepted until June 22.

After the Games, VANOC and the temporary shelter operator will work to donate furniture and equipment purchased for the hostel(s) to the emergency shelter system.

This project is one way that VANOC is delivering on the Inner-City Inclusivity Commitments —developed during the bid for the Games — to provide alternative forms of temporary accommodation for Winter Games visitors. In addition to this project, last year VANOC contributed funding to the expansion of Covenant House, supporting the creation of 32 new transitional housing beds for youth aged 16 to 22. Primary funding was provided by the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver. Covenant House Vancouver is a shelter and resource centre for homeless youth. 

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Please visit for further details on programs and schedules.

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One year on since the start of construction on Olympic Stadium

May 22nd, 2009

Work has started on fitting out the rooms inside the Olympic Stadium a year after construction began on the venue.

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Singapore 2010: 15 months to go and progressing well

May 20th, 2009
The Coordination Commission for the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010 concluded its second visit to Singapore today. Fifteen months before the Opening Ceremony on 14 August 2010, the Singapore Organising Committee (SYOGOC) has advanced considerably with preparations for the first edition of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2010.


Good progress has been made with finalising the sports programme in collaboration with the IFs. The daily competition schedule is almost complete, and SYOGOC is moving forward well in terms of planning for sports presentation.


SYOGOC has also made significant progress in terms of developing the Culture and Education Programme, including specific content development, and has shown strong commitment to this part of the project, which is essential to the success of the YOG.


SYOGOC’s commercial and marketing efforts are gaining momentum with the engagement of a large number of potential sponsors and suppliers. Following the launch of the Singapore 2010 emblem in January, SYOGOC is currently developing a full range of brand elements and applications to support the promotion of the Games.


A comprehensive communications plan has been put forward, and SYOGOC has stepped up its local publicity efforts in the last few months. Messages will be disseminated through multiple channels including traditional media platforms, local and international dia platforms, events and festivals and with a particular emphasis on the use of digital media. and suppliersevents and festivals, with particular emphasis on the use of digital media. In this respect, SYOGOC launched its “WhyOhGee” website in April (, a micro site aimed at young people. SYOGOC and the IOC are working and will continue to work together to ensure synergy between the two organisations’ digital efforts aimed at the youth audience.


“In the last six months, the Organising Committee has worked hard towards the completion of its venue master plan and YOG event schedule by day. Much effort has also gone into detailed operational and venue planning, which will remain SYOGOC’s focus for the coming months. It will be important for SYOGOC to keep up the tremendous momentum it has built up so far as it moves towards operational readiness”, said Sergey Bubka, Chairman of the Coordination Commission, at the end of the visit.


 “We have been working closely with the IOC to co-construct the YOG.  In the last two days, we had fruitful and open discussions with the IOC Coordination Commission (CoCom) on various aspects of the Games, specifically on venue development, the Games-time Culture and Education Programme, as well as the YOG Event Schedule, which integrates the sport, culture and education programme schedules.  We received valuable inputs from the CoCom. We will fine-tune the concepts and work with the IOC YOG team to develop the operations plan.


“We are in the midst of venue planning to synthesise the various functional areas’ operations plans at each venue.  This will be completed in the second half of this year as we prepare to enter the Operational Readiness Planning phase in September 2009”, said SYOGOC Chairman and IOC Executive Board member Ser Miang Ng.


The Singapore 2010 sport pictograms were unveiled today at the Singapore 2010 Learning Centre. In line with the YOG philosophy, Culture and Education pictograms will also be created and unveiled in the lead-up to the Games.


“Presentations were of a high standard and the level of detail was a clear reflection of the solid planning work SYOGOC is currently undertaking. It is clear that SYOGOC is on the right track to deliver the 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games and is committed to the co-construction of these inaugural Games with the IOC”, concluded Sergey Bubka. 




Notes to Editors:
The Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, to be held between 14 and 26 August 2010, will bring together 3,600 athletes between 14 and 18 years of age from all 205 National Olympic Committees to compete in the 26 sports on the London 2012 Olympic Games programme. A fully fledged education programme will raise participants’ awareness of the Olympic values and topics like healthy lifestyles and the fight against doping. A number of communications initiatives will link the youth of the world with the event. A culture programme will ensure a festive and pleasant atmosphere within the host city.


*Members of the Coordination Commission: Sergey Bubka, IOC member and Chairman; Nat Indrapana, IOC member; Syed Shahid Ali**, IOC member; Raja Randhir Singh, IOC member; Frank Fredericks, IOC member and Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission; Rania Elwani, IOC member; Guido de Bondt, NOC representative; Andrew Ryan, IF representative; and  Gilbert Felli, Olympic Games Executive Director. The Coordination Commission is the group of representatives from the IOC and the Olympic Movement who will be monitoring the Youth Olympic Games preparations and guiding the Singapore Organising Committee.


(** not present at the 2nd Coordination Commission meeting in Singapore)

For more information please contact the IOC Communications Department, Tel: +41 21 621 60 00, email:, or visit our website at


Games-time readiness focus of VANOC board of directors meeting 19 new torch relay route communities; over 150,000 Olympic tickets on sale June 6 – News Releases – Vancouver 2010

May 20th, 2009

Vancouver, BC – The board of directors for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) met today in Vancouver for its third meeting of 2009. In addition to standing agenda items, discussions also covered VANOC’s intensive Games-time readiness planning and ongoing financial management in the current economy. Updates were also provided on Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales and on new communities added to the Olympic Torch Relay route.

“With less than nine months to go, important milestones are now around every corner and Games-time planning is a key focus for management,” said Jack Poole, chairman of the board. “As with all companies, the economy continues to be a big focus. Planning for and operating Olympic and Paralympic Games in this uncertain climate calls for daily scrutiny. VANOC’s management team continues to review costs and revenues with a relentless focus on prudence.”

The board also received an update today on Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales. Over 150,000 Olympic tickets will go on sale at on June 6, including several thousand tickets for each of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. The lion’s share of sport tickets are for ice hockey and curling but tickets will be available for all sports. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so the public is encouraged to set up an account in advance at if they have not previously done so.Ticket prices remain unchanged from Phase 1 pricing.

“We were pleased today to confirm to the board that thousands of tickets will be available to the Canadian public next month and that the Olympic Flame will pass through more Canadian communities than originally planned. Canadians will continue to have more opportunities like this to engage in the Games in the coming months,” said VANOC Chief Executive Officer John Furlong.

“We’re continuing to try and strike the right balance between fiscal realities in these difficult times and our overarching commitment to deliver a great experience for everyone at the Games,” he added.

With only 165 days until the start of the Olympic Torch Relay, VANOC confirmed today the route has been finalized with the addition of 19 more communities. Three previously announced stops along the route have also been promoted to hosting Olympic Flame celebrations.

The communities are: Lac La Hache, BC, Pender Harbour, BC, Qualicum (FN/PN), BC, Qualicum Bay, BC, Xaxli’p, BC, Gleichen, AB, Torrington, AB, Cochin, SK, Creemore, ON, Iskatewizaagegan No. 39, ON, Kakabeka Falls, ON, White River, ON, Upsala, ON, Vermilion Bay, ON, Blainville, QC, Masson-Angers, QC, Saint-Prosper-de-Beauce, QC, Hopedale, NL, and Ausuittuq (Grise Fiord), NU. The three new celebration communities are: Cold Lake, AB, Canadian Forces Station Alert, NU, and Qausuittuq (Resolute Bay), NU. For information on specific dates, visit

The board also received the following updates:

  • Report of the Finance Committee: A number of contracts were approved in principle and management was delegated authority to finalize the details of such contracts. VANOC will post further information at once the contracts are finalized.
  • Venue Construction: Dr. Penny Ballem provided an update to the Finance Committee on the positive progress being made on construction of the Olympic and Paralympic Village Vancouver. VANOC expects to start its tenant fit-out of commercial spaces in August. At the Olympic and Paralympic Village Whistler, occupancy permits have been obtained for 60 of the townhomes and final finishing is underway on three of the four core apartment buildings. The Trout Lake training venue achieved substantial completion and received its occupancy permit in April, while the Killarney training centre is also substantially complete and expected to receive its occupancy permit within the next two weeks.
  • Paralympic Torch Relay: The Paralympic Torch Relay route will be announced in late June at an event in Vancouver with Sir Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee. The announcement will focus on the lighting ceremony location, torchbearer uniform and torch designs, as well as the unveiling of the first ever Paralympic Torch Relay logo.
  • Litigation Update: An update was provided to the board regarding the recently completed women’s ski jumping trial. A decision by the presiding judge is expected in the coming months.
  • Sport: Along with transferring knowledge between functions and debriefing senior management on key learnings from sport events, the ice hockey department is planning for the final sport event: Hockey Canada Cup – Women’s Hockey at Canada Hockey Place from August 31 to September 6. Tickets are on sale now at
  • Venue Management:Walkthroughs are currently being conducted at all venues to establish consistent and economic planning, validate levels of service and study challenges.
  • Venue Leadership: Good progress has been made by VANOC in appointing key leadership positions for the pre-Games and Games-time operations of all venues including sport venues and the Vancouver and Whistler Villages. More details will be provided in the coming weeks.
  • Workforce:More than 21,000 Games-times volunteers have been interviewed and offers for confirmed Games-time roles have started.
  • Sponsorship: VANOC has signed 3.3 million in sponsorship revenue, achieving 99 per cent of its revenue target
  • Contributing Province/Territory Program: The Northwest Territories joined the program in April. VANOC is continuing negotiations and discussions with the remaining provinces and expects to announce them in the near future.
  • Strategic CommunicationsSteering Committee: The board received an update on the sale of Paralympic tickets, as well as the communications strategy for Phase 2 of Olympic ticket sales. They also received an update on the Games-time website concept for

The next VANOC board meeting will be held on July 15, 2009.

VANOC Board of Directors Background
The VANOC board of directors is made up of 20 members nominated by: the Canadian Olympic Committee (seven); the Government of Canada (three); the Province of British Columbia (three); the City of Vancouver (two); the Resort Municipality of Whistler (two); the Canadian Paralympic Committee (one); a joint appointment by the Band Councils of the Lil’wat and Squamish Nations (one); and one member nominated by the other 19 members.

The board is scheduled to meet six times per year, and more often at the call of the chair as required. The meetings are generally held at the VANOC offices in Vancouver, although they are occasionally hosted by our Games partners in other locations. The board’s responsibility is to oversee the conduct of the business of VANOC as it works toward achieving its Mission: to touch the soul of the nation and inspire the world by creating and delivering an extraordinary Olympic and Paralympic experience with lasting legacies.

As part of its commitment to public transparency and accountability, the VANOC board of directors has made today’s agenda, discussion topics and decisions available to the public on, subject to conditions of confidentiality related to personal information and/or competitively sensitive or privileged information. VANOC is also committed to hosting media briefings following each board meeting with the board chairman, the CEO and other director(s) or members of the VANOC senior management team to elaborate further on matters.

VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Please visit for further details on programs and schedules.

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