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IOC keeps eye on VANOC

This is a pivotal week for Vancouver 2010.

The International Olympic Committee's coordination commission begins its final two-day checkup of VANOC on Tuesday morning.

IOC president Jacques Rogge will not be joining Rene Fasel and his nine-member panel.

International Ice Hockey Federation president Fasel will, however, be accompanied by the heads of international governing bodies for biathlon, bobsleigh and skeleton, curling, luge, skating and skiing/snowboarding.

They will tour venues and examine planning for the Games, which begin in almost five-and-a-half months.

Transportation, security, promotion and finances are expected to be discussed.

Last week Rogge suggested the 2010 Games need better promotion, but recession-battered VANOC is waiting for the IOC to deliver two more global sponsors to fill a $30 million budget gap.

Fasel, meanwhile, remains under a Deloitte-conducted probe after May allegations that he received kickbacks from IIHF marketing and broadcast contracts.

IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said the inquiry is expected to be complete at the beginning of September.

Bob Mackin reports for Vancouver 24 hours.

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