On his first official visit to Sochi as IOC President, Thomas Bach has met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and other dignitaries to discuss preparations for the XXII Olympic Winter Games next February and inspect the sites first-hand, with only 100 days to go until the Opening Ceremony.
This morning, President Bach visited the Athletes’ Village, Main Media Centre and Fisht Olympic Stadium in the Coastal Cluster, before heading to the Mountain Cluster in the afternoon.
“With only 100 days to go, the Sochi 2014 venues look impressive, and I am confident that the athletes competing this February will be delighted with them,” said President Bach. “They have already been fully tested over the past two winter seasons, and once filled with sports fans from around the world, I’m confident that the Olympians of 2014 will be able to go home with some unforgettable memories.”
On Monday, President Putin and President Bach officially opened the Adler railway terminal, which will be the main artery linking the two clusters of sports venues during the Games, handling an estimated 15,000 passengers per hour.
In addition, President Bach also met with the staff and volunteers of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. On Wednesday, President Bach is scheduled to open the 10th IOC World Conference on Sport and the Environment, taking place in Sochi from 30 October to 1 November.