22 October 2004
Yesterday, the IOC President, Jacques Rogge, met Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. The meeting was organised to discuss the progress of the Organising Committee (TOROC) with respect to the XX Olympic Winter Games, Turin 2006, and Italian support for these Winter Games.
"The IOC has full confidence"
Pointing out that these Games are the Games of Italy and all Italians and that “the IOC has full confidence that the Turin Games will be a tremendous success”, President Rogge further noted he had asked Prime Minister Berlusconi to look at several areas in which the Italian government could help TOROC with the Games. The principal areas under discussion were ways to increase public awareness, financial issues, the passing of legislation, and reinforcing the unity between all the partners working to organise Turin 2006.
A Man of Action and Decision
Referring to Prime Minister Berlusconi as a man of action and decision, President Rogge also welcomed the appointment of Mr Mario Pescante as the single point of reference for the Italian government at the Games. President Rogge’s observations were backed up by the words of Italy’s Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini. Mr Frattini said President Rogge’s requests would be “translated into concrete actions by the government.”
The Olympic Winter Games will be held in Turin from 10 to 26 February 2006. The Winter Games comprise seven different sports and 15 different disciplines, which will be played out in eight different competition venues. Around 2,500 athletes, 650 judges and umpires and 1.5 million spectators are expected to participate in this 20th edition of the Winter Games.