Tuesday, February 23, 2010

First Press Confrence

Feeling like a true reporter writing from a media work room at the International Media Centre. The first press conference that I watch was between a signing of a Protocol of Intent between the host cities of the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be in Sochi, Russia. The host city of 2010 Winter Olympic representives was Honorable Premier Gordon Campbell, and his Worship Mayor Gregor Robertson. The Representatives for the host city of 2014 Winter Olympic was Dzhambulat Khatouv, First Vice-Governor of Krasnodar Region of Russia and Anatoli Pakhomov, Mayor of Sochi.

This press conference was between the two countries meeting and signing an agreement. This agreement will strengthen the ties between the two host cities. The Premier gave a speech on how this agreement will help both host cities. British Columbia will help the Russian's host their very first Olympic Games, by giving tips and techniques. The First Vice-Governor of Krasnodor Region of Russia spoke next in his native language and talked about how great the 2010 Olympics games are. He talked about how the trading between Canada and Russia is very strong already but he hopes that it will increase by ten fold. He joked around and said that he just did not come to Vancouver to talk trade but also to get tips and tricks to win gold medals.

After they had given their speeches they signed the agreement! I think this is a great thing that the countries can both join together and help each other. This is a great way to show how the big countries of the world are working together! The Premier gave the First Vice-Governor a miniature replica of the 2010 torch. The First Vice-Governor gave the Premier a plate that shows all of what the Krasnodor Region had to offer. The Mayor of Vancouver and the Mayor of Sochi both gave a speeches as well. The Mayor of Vancouver gave the Mayor of Sochi a special 2010 Olympic Medal, likewise the Mayor of Sochi gave Mayor of Vancouver a token with the coat of arms of Sochi!

After that Hannah and went up to Premier Gordon and asked him if we could take a picture. He was in a rush so we could not get to ask any questions.

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