TORINO 2006: The IOC Members Are Watching

The XX Olympic Winter Games – Torino 2006 is the ninth time that the IOC Members’ Observation Programme has been in operation at the Olympic Games. This programme is one of the many ways that the IOC Members are able to contribute to the success of the current edition of the Olympic Games, as well as to positively influence the preparations of future organising committees.
Double Objective
The IOC Members Observation Programme has two main objectives. The first is to ensure that the IOC is present in each competition venue on each day of competition, as well as in the Olympic Villages, the Main Media Centre and the medical centre, in order to create a link between the organising committee, the International Federation and the IOC. The second objective is to help ensure that the current Games run smoothly and to help with the preparations for the up-coming Olympic Games. The areas that the IOC Members observe include accommodation, media services, technology, accreditation, environment, spectator services and protocol, to name but a few.
Transfer Of Knowledge
When the members notice things that could be improved in the venues that they visit, they report back to the IOC Delegate Member for Games Observation, Anton Geesink, who then passes the information on at the daily Games Coordination meeting during his daily report, so that the Organising Committee can take action to improve the situation. From the daily reports of the members and a final Global Evaluation Report produced by each observer, Anton Geesink produces an evaluation report, which is taken into consideration for the final report of the Coordination Commission, as well as by the IOC administration, within the context of the IOC’s transfer of knowledge programme. This means that the Members’ observations will also have an impact on up-coming Olympic Games as well.
In The Interests Of The Athletes
Commenting on the IOC Members’ observation programme Anton Geesink, said, “The observers are working every day for the wellbeing of the athletes. When an IOC Member goes to a venue as an observer, he goes not as a referee, nor as an administrator but as an interested and experienced third party and while the problems are often only small ones, when there is a major issue, we are able to bring it directly to the attention of the Organising Committee, the Games Coordination Office, the International Federations and the Chefs de Mission.” He continued, “Every day we want the Games to be better for the athletes because we want the athletes to be in good shape and we want the circumstances to be perfect, so that they can give a perfect performance.”
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