Posted on: February 17, 2010 1:59 pm
Edited on: February 17, 2010 4:52 pm

Organizers plan to improve cauldron view

By Ina Fried

Bowing to intense criticism that the Olympic cauldron was too hidden, organizers announced plans to improve the view. In a statement, VANOC said that it would move some of the current fencing and add a rooftop observation point that provides an unobstructed view for photo takers.

"The Olympic cauldron is a powerful symbol and the desire to get as close to it as possible has been remarkable - more than we expected," Vancouver Organizing Comittee (VANOC) CEO John Furlong said in a statement. "We are pleased to provide enhanced opportunities for all to see the cauldron in its spectacular waterfront setting -- at its best. We invite everyone to come and enjoy it from this vantage point."

The inhibited view has been one of several issues to mar the early days of the games.

Organizers said yesterday that they had underestimated the demand from the public to get close to the cauldron. However, it is unclear whether the latest move will fully satisfy that criticism.

Ina Fried is a Senior Writer for CNET News. She will be in Vancouver covering various angles for both CBSSports.com and her CNET Blog " Beyond B1nary ". You can also follow her on twitter at: http://twitter.com/Inafried

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