© IOC/Hélène Tobler
25 November 2004
The IOC Executive Board (EB) concluded a second day of busy meetings in Lausanne. The EB received reports from the administration's Directors, considered the factors that had lead to success during ATHENS 2004 and looked into the progress of future Games organisers.
A Challenge Already Overcome
Coordination Commission chairman and EB member, Denis Oswald made a presentation on the success of ATHENS 2004, which met with the widespread satisfaction of athletes, spectators, viewers and other Games stakeholders. He explained how the difficulties encountered during the preparations for the Games were successfully overcome.
A Challenge Being Met
Turin 2006 supervisor Mario Pescante addressed the EB, together with the Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games Organising Committee (TOROC) president Valentino Castellani and TOROC chief executive officer Paulo Rota. During the subsequent press conference, IOC Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli summarised their presentations: "We had an explanation of the structure that has been put in place by the Italian government and with the different parties, to try and alleviate the lack in certain aspects of the preparations of the Games," said Felli. "The IOC President reasserted the confidence of the IOC and also said to the organising committee, that it should act very quickly on the different points that we discussed with prime minister Berlusconi three weeks ago, so as to not jeopardize credibility with stakeholders. Everybody should keep their confidence in the Games. We are confident that everything is going in the right direction."
Turin 2006 Coordination Commission chairman Jean-Claude Killy reported to the EB on the progress of Games preparations, as did Hein Verbuggen, chairman for Beijing 2008 and René Fasel, chairman for Vancouver 2010.