POSTED: February 20th 2010

IOC members keeping a watch out for athletes through Games observer programme

Richmond Olympic Oval / Image: VANOC/COVAN
Richmond Olympic Oval / Image: VANOC/COVAN

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

VANCOUVER, Feb 20:  Members of the IOC are keeping a vigil eye on organizers to protect the rights of the athletes participating at the Games. Many members are Olympians themselves and bring on board a wealth of experience that is valuable for successful staging of the Games.

The IOC Delegate Member Games Observer Programme watches out for the needs to be met at competition venues, the Olympic Village, transport, health services, ceremonies, catering, just to name a few areas.

IOC members are selected according to their background and expertise and file regular reports in the event of an issue.

The programme is overseen by IOC member and Dutch gold medal judo Olympian, Anton Geesink, who confirms that members “report their findings on a daily basis” if anything is not functioning properly.

He reiterated that, “The Olympic Village is a critical element of the athletes’ experience. Most Olympians treasure the chance to meet and talk with fellow athletes from around the world and consider it one of the highlights of the Games.”

The Village should feel like home and the size of the room is not as important as the comfortable home like atmosphere.

Geesink also noted that the Vancouver organizers had so far passed the test, but the members remain will vigil through the end of the Games.

The IOC is looking to safeguard the athletes’ experiences so that they can do their best.

Keywords · IOC · Olympics · Anton Geesink · Olympians

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