Vancouver and three others short listed to host 2010 Winter Olympic Games
Supporters of the bid for Vancouver and Whistler to host the 2010 Olympic Winter Games are on a mission to raise pubic support.
"I see this frankly as a competition between the people of Canada and the people of Austria, the people of Switzerland, and the people of South Korea," John Furlong, Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporations chief operating officer, said Wednesday. "I think if the people of Canada rise to this occasion then this is there for us to win."
The effort to raise support levels comes in the wake of Vancouver and Whistler being shortlisted to host the 2010 Games, along with Salzburg, Austria, Bern, Switzerland and Pyeongchang, Korea.
Eliminated from the race Wednesday were Andorra La Vella, Andorra; Harbin, China; Jaca, Spain; and Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
During the process to choose the candidate cities the IOC looked at several key areas to assess each citys bid. In a working report released this week it highlighted each bids strengths and weaknesses and rated them.
On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the best, a benchmark of six was set for candidate cities. Vancouver and Salzburg were deemed above the benchmark while Bern and Pyeongchang were found to "straddle" it.
Vancouver was the only candidate to rate in the top three in every area and came out on top when it came to providing the athletes villages and the general concept of the Games.
There is no doubt that Salzburg will be Vancouvers real opponent in the race to win the 2010 Games.
The areas considered by the IOC in level of importance, with the most important being first, were accommodation, general infrastructure, sport venues, Olympic villages, security, government support and public opinion, environmental conditions and impacts, transportation, general concept, experience in hosting previous sporting events and finance.
The Vancouver Bid Corps mini bid book listed public support at about 80 per cent. But a MORI poll done by the IOC as part of its investigation to choose the candidate cities found support in Vancouver and Whistler to be about 62 per cent.
The B.C. bid wasnt alone in this. MORI also found support in Salzburg to be 68 per cent, down from the 83 per cent it reported in its mini bid book.
Pyeongchang reported it had 96.8 per cent but the IOC found it to be closer to 78 per cent.
Berns bid, which is facing serious opposition from organized watchdog groups, had reported support levels of 67 per cent but the IOCs polling firm found support to be only 42 per cent.