IOC Approves Sochi Venues And Transport Infrastructure
With the approval of biathlon, the IOC today finalised the venue locations proposed by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, following the decision taken earlier this year to relocate some of the sites because of environmental considerations. This decision, which was the last step in approvals for the new locations, paves the way for Sochi 2014 to move forward with planning, design and construction in the mountain area.
Commenting on the decision, IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy said, “The Sochi Organising Committee has always been committed to the athletes and the environment. The new locations for these venues don’t just provide the athletes with the best possible facilities, they will also ensure that any environmental impact is kept to a minimum.” He continued, “We are pleased to see that the Sochi 2014 project has support from the highest level of government down. It is this commitment to the Games and the Olympic values that have made this progress possible and which keep the Sochi Games on track.”
President and CEO of Sochi 2014 Dmitry Chernychenko said: “During this project review visit of the IOC to Moscow, we discussed the foundations that have already been laid for the successful hosting of the 2014 Winter Games. The meetings with the IOC's representatives were very fruitful – during these meetings Sochi 2014 reported on all the key areas of work in delivering the 2014 Winter Games. We showed the IOC the system of integrated management which will allow the monitoring and realisation of 7,000 programmes and projects which are related to Games organisation and which we are responsible for. We also agreed with the IOC experts on the final location of our Olympic venues.
“The Sochi 2014 proposal is unique because the Mountain Cluster in Sochi is one of the most compact in the history of the Winter Games. It proves that the decision to relocate the Games venues was absolutely right. Moreover, it will actually result in a reduction in our budget.”
The decision on the venues came during a Project Review meeting in Moscow, which was attended by Killy and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli. In addition, Sochi also reported on its work relating to its transport infrastructure and transport strategy for the Games. During this presentation, the IOC also agreed to the proposition initiated by Prime Minister Putin to reduce and minimise the environmental impact of transport in the mountain and valley area, between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana, by limiting the number of train lines from two to one and the width of the road from four to three lanes.
“At any edition of the Games, and perhaps even more so in Winter Games, the transport system is key,” said Jean-Claude Killy. “Sochi 2014 and its local partners are working on solutions that will greatly improve transport in this region not just for Olympic visitors but for local residents for many years to come. However, as I’ve said in the past, time is short and there is no time to be lost if these ambitious proposals are to be ready in time.”
President and CEO of Sochi 2014 Dmitry Chernychenko said: “All construction work will be completed according to schedule. In fact, construction work in several venues within the mountain cluster is ahead of schedule, and construction in the Immeretinskaya Valley will start soon”.
The project review meeting also looked at a number of other functional areas linked to Games organisation, such as sport, NOC services, technology, marketing, accommodation and communications.
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IOC Coordination Commission
The IOC, as the guardian of the Olympic Games, assists and monitors the work of the Organising Committee for the Olympic Games through the work of the Coordination Commission. The Commission visits the host city once a year until four years from the Games, when the visits become twice yearly until the Games are held. The Commission’s full meetings are supplemented by the regular visits of smaller IOC teams involving the Commission Chairman, selected members of the Commission and members of the IOC administration (called Project or Executive Reviews). The next visit of the full Coordination Commission to Sochi will be next year.
Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. Sochi won the vote against the cities of Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) in the second round of voting. The Russian city edged out PyeongChang 51 votes to 47, with Salzburg having been eliminated in round one. The Sochi Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports currently on the Olympic programme and will run from 7 to 23 February 2014.
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