Vancouver: Jack Poole, chairman of the 2010
Vancouver Winter Olympics organising committee, has died.
He was 76.
Olympic officials said he died today in a hospital
following a lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer.
Poole spearheaded the city`s bid for the Olympics,
working for a decade to bring the Games to British Columbia.
He was also chairman of the Vancouver Olympic organising
committee`s board of directors.
His death comes one day after the flame for the Vancouver
Games was lit in Greece.
In his remarks in Greece, International Olympic Committee
president Jacques Rogge paid tribute to Poole`s efforts to
bring the Games together.
Poole was one of British Columbia`s top real estate
developers and also known for his philanthropy. He was awarded
the order of Canada in 2006, one of the country`s highest
"This is such sad news for us all. Jack was a man of
great passion and drive, and we had all hoped and prayed that
he would live to experience the Games he played such a major
role in securing for Canada," Vancouver Organising Committee
CEO John Furlong said in a statement.
British Columbia Premier Gordon Campbell said Poole
helped shape Vancouver and British Columbia and said he was a
giant in every way.
He (Major Dhyan Chand) is inspiration personified. He became synonymous with hockey. He became the parameter of hockey by which other player's calibre is measured.
Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal