Olympic details coming… soon 

Whistler dropped from name of official bid

Parcels of crown land south of the village are being considered for the 2,500-bed athletes village during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"We don’t, as a municipality, own very much land so any of the sites we are looking at will most likely be on crown land," said Councillor Kristi Wells.

"There are two or three different options and those that seem most viable are south of the village."

Discussions about the location of the new arena for the Paralympic Games and some other facilities are going ahead but details aren’t available yet.

But said John Furlong, executive vice-chairman of the Vancouver Whistler 2010 Bid Corporation: "We are very close to being in a position to talk about options and sites for various things."

The Bid Corporation will soon open a new larger, more visible information office at the north end of the Village Stroll, beside the BrewHouse pub and restaurant. Furlong hopes this will encourage residents and visitors to share their ideas about the Games.

"When you open up these plans and you say to people this is what we have been thinking there is a very good chance that they can make them better for you," he said.

"So I think by showing this consultation in a meaningful way in the bid we will be able to demonstrate that we have a more thoughtful detailed educated process.

"We need to be out there and be good listeners and take advantage of (Whistler’s) considerable expertise."

Community ambassadors will also be chosen shortly to answer questions from the community and pass on ideas to the Bid Corporation.

"Its crucially important that the community is very strongly in favour of the bid because the (International Olympic Committee) in evaluating these bids is going to want to know that the communities that the bid is representing are big fans of the Olympic Games, that they are really looking forward to staging the event and that they have the ability to do that," said Furlong.

At Monday night’s council meeting Furlong announced that "Whistler" had been dropped from the official bid name for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"The legal requirements for submitting the bid are that it must be submitted in the name of the community that hosts the opening and closing ceremonies," said Furlong.

From now on the bid will be known as The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games. Vancouver will host the opening and closing ceremonies in B.C. Place.

The Bid Corporation tried to fight the ruling but was unsuccessful. But, said Furlong, the change in name does not mean that Whistler won’t be front and centre as the bid moves forward.


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