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Published August 20, 2009
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CLEARING THE AIR: In Vancouver, Damian Inwood noted Rogge "sparked a media blizzard when he said 'a bit more promotion would be useful,' in response to questions" regarding the '10 Vancouver Games, and the IOC has "quickly skated in to 'clarify' Rogge's comments." IOC Dir of Communications Mark Adams: "The president did not say that VANOC was 'falling short.' Indeed, he pointed out how great the Vancouver Games will be, how supportive the Canadian public will be and that, as we enter the final stretch, with the Olympic torch relay and winter sports season approaching, that VANOC will undoubtedly start to step up its promotion of the Games." VANOC Media Relations Manager Chris Brumwell: "Our understanding is that president Rogge was quite complementary in the story and the piece in question is really recognizing the potential that exists in the next six months, leading up to the Games" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/19). Meanwhile, Olympico President Keith Pelley, who heads CTV-Rogers' Olympic broadcast consortium, said of the Olympics, "I'm not saying it's recession-proof but ... if you were going to buy one thing in this marketplace, this would be it" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 8/20).