IOC Pleased With Progress As Spotlight Shifts To Sochi
On Thursday, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Games praised the progress being made by local organisers in the Russian city as it gears up to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games. Led by Chairman Jean-Claude Killy, the Commission convened in Sochi from 13 to 15 April to assess the developments made by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and its partners since the Commission’s last full visit in May 2009.
Speaking after the meetings, Chairman Killy said: “It is awe-inspiring work that is being undertaken in the Sochi region. With 43 construction sites that are operational 24 hours a day, employing around 16,000 workers, we are looking at one of Europe’s biggest and most ambitious construction projects, and I am pleased to report that work is on schedule. Sochi 2014 has also learnt a number of lessons from their observation of the Vancouver Games, and this was obvious in the comprehensive presentations that we received from the very motivated staff that we heard from this week.” He concluded: “We reminded the organisers that they need to continue moving forward in some areas, including accommodation, workforce recruitment and training, and construction, but we are confident that the project is on track and are impressed with the progress they have made over the past year, particularly in their very successful marketing programme.”
Prime Ministerial Briefing
During the three-day visit, the Commission toured the Olympic venues in Sochi and neighbouring Krasnaya Polyana, and received updates from the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee on topics ranging from athletes and media services to transport and culture. While receiving a full overview of the Games project, the Commission provided guidance to the Sochi team as the nation prepares to host its first ever Winter Games. Killy and IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli also briefed the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, by video conference, updating him on their evaluation of how the project was progressing overall. The next full Coordination Commission visit to Sochi is scheduled from 12 to 14 October.
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.