The first week of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games has highlighted the complex task that Organising Committees face when preparing for the Games.
For starters, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee must hold a total of 98 medal events during the course of the Games, which is 12 more than Vancouver 2010 and 14 more than Turin 2006. These events are being held across seven different sports in 15 disciplines, all of which are taking place in 11 newly-built venues, with a combined seating capacity of approximately 120,000.
More than 6,000 athletes, team members and officials are being accommodated in three Olympic Villages, while there are also 13,477 media representatives, broadcasters and photographers covering the Games in Sochi. More than 18,500 volunteers – who are integral to the successful staging of the Games – have also already worked a total of 76,090 shifts.
To date, over one million tickets have been sold for the Games – with an additional 270,000 people visiting Sochi 2014 Live Sites around the country – while Sochi’s updated transportation network has so far carried more than 1.3 million people, including 400,000 by bus and 900,000 by train.
The Organising Committee’s herculean task is underlined by the food and beverage network required, with over 1,400 individual locations serving over 185,000 employees, client groups and spectators every single day. Over 2,500 metric tonnes of food has so far been used to make their meals.
The bringing together of all of these different elements requires great coordination and planning, which is why the International Olympic Committee works closely with the Games organisers to ensure that the knowledge and experience of previous organisers is passed on to each subsequent host city in order to facilitate their work in organising the Games.