Goepel named new chairman for 2010 Vancouver Games

Wed Nov 18, 2009 8:58pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Rusty Goepel, a long time member of the Vancouver Organizing Committee's board of directors, was named on Wednesday to fill the vacant chairman's post for the 2010 Olympics.

Goepel replaces Jack Poole who died last month of cancer just hours after the Olympic flame for next year's Winter Games was ignited in Greece. The opening ceremony for the event is scheduled for February 12.

Goepel is a Canadian businessman who served on the board as a representative of the British Columbia provincial government.

He and Poole also served on the board that oversaw Vancouver's bid for the Games.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd, Editing by Greg Stutchbury)