POSTED: June 10th 2010

Vancouver 2010 lessons useful for Sochi 2014 and future organizers

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin opens the construction for the Olympic University / Sochi 2014
Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin opens the construction for the Olympic University / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/MOSCOW, Jun 10: The International Olympic Committee’s Vancouver 2010 debrief concluded at the Black Sea resort city of Sochi set to host the 2016 winter Olympics. 

The transfer of knowledge meeting, now in its sixth edition, proved a valuable resource for future Olympic organizers and the three applicant cities seeking the chance to host the Games. The Vancouver organizers shared precious information that could be useful for all. 

The event was opened by IOC President Jacques Rogge and attended by the Deputy Prime Ministers of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak and Alexandr Zhukov; Coordination Commission Chairmen René Fasel and Jean-Claude Killy; Organising Committee executives John Furlong and Dmitry Chernyshenko; and Russian athletes Alexander Popov and Ivan Skobrev. Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin also teamed with Dr. Rogge to kickoff the construction of the Olympic University. 

IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli said, “This is the sixth debrief we have held, and you can really see the positive evolution of the programme over the years.

“I was particularly impressed with the openness of the Vancouver organisers and their willingness to share everything with their successors. Sochi has already been able to glean a lot of information from our transfer of knowledge programmes, but the debrief will no doubt have helped to cement the lessons that they learnt while observing the Vancouver Games, and will inspire them to strive for and achieve the very best in four years’ time.”

Vancouver 2010 ceo, John Furlong, spoke about the value of the exchange of knowledge when they were in the preparation stages for the Games.

He said, “How well we remember that, four short years before our Games, every piece of experienced advice was invaluable. We hope our presentations and discussions this week have been helpful, and we have every confidence that the Sochi 2014 Games will celebrate Russia, the world's best winter sport athletes and the Olympic Movement.”

Sochi 2014 ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko concluded by saying, "Sochi 2014 will be an incredibly creative and innovative Games with a uniquely Russian flavour, while being firmly grounded in Olympic Movement best practice. Working with VANOC has allowed us to enhance our plans to ensure Russia's first Winter Games is a success."

The Sochi 2014 Olympics will be held from February 7-23, 2014 marking the first edition of the winter Games held in Russia.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Vancouver 2010 · IOC · Jacques Rogge · Vladimir Putin · John Furlong · Dmitry Chernyshenko

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