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The 10th and final visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission to the Black Sea city of Sochi got underway today. With only 136 days until the Games open and less than one week until the lighting of the Olympic flame in Olympia, Greece, the Commission will be checking to make sure that Sochi 2014 is on track to deliver the finishing touches that will be necessary to ensure that the world’s finest winter athletes are able to compete in the best conditions possible.
Led by its Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, the Commission will be in Sochi for the next three days and will visit a number of Olympic venues, and hold a number of meetings with the Games organisers.
Over the three days, the Commission will have the opportunity to review the venues in both the coastal and the mountain clusters. With more than 40 test events having been held in Sochi, the Olympic venues have been tried and tested by the athletes and have received positive feedback.
But, as overlay for the Games starts to be installed, this will be the ideal opportunity for the Commission to judge the state of venue preparations for Games time. The Commission is expected to visit venues such as the Fisht Stadium, the Olympic Park, the Olympic Villages and the RusSki Gorki ski jumping centre.
Finalising the details
Over six-and-a-half years into the preparations for the Games, the Commission will also be looking at the level of detail that Sochi has managed to achieve in its planning and processes for the Games.
In areas as varied as athletes’ services, sport, National Olympic Committee services, International Federation Services, media services, spectator services, Paralympic Games preparations, engagement, and Games operations, the Commission will be looking to see if Sochi’s plans are detailed enough, and will be providing valuable advice to the organisers to ensure that they are ready for the final few months of preparations and to welcome the world next February.