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28 Aug 2007
Sochi 2014 , IOC News

Sochi 2014: laying the foundations for successful Games

Less than two months after the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City awarded the XXII Olympic Winter Games to the city of Sochi, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has sent a delegation from the IOC administration, led by the IOC’s Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, to meet with representatives of Sochi 2014 in order to lay the ground work for the close collaboration that will exist between these two organisations over the next seven years. The meeting allowed the IOC delegation to explain to the Sochi representatives how the IOC works with an Olympic Games Organising Committee and covered areas such as how the IOC follows and assists the progress of a Games project.
Speaking at the end of the day and a half of meetings in Moscow, Gilbert Felli said, “Since we had our first meeting with the Sochi team on the morning after their election as the host city for 2014, they have done a great job of setting the wheels in motion to get the Sochi 2014 project underway.” He continued, “Thanks to this early progress, we have had a day and a half of very productive meetings with Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Sochi team, as well as with the representatives of the government bodies involved in the Games project. This first encounter has laid the foundations for our work together on this exciting project over the next seven years, as we look to ensure that the athletes will be able to compete in the best possible conditions at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”
Felli’s comments were echoed by Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of the Sochi 2014 Bid Committee, who commented, “Together with the IOC delegation, we have laid the basis for the next seven years of cooperation. The foundation of the Organising Committee and the efficient transfer of knowledge that was gained through the bid phase are our main objectives in the coming days. We believe that by starting to work with the IOC early, we will be able to create a highly effective Games management process, which will put us on the right track to the best Winter Games experience ever.”
The day and a half of meetings, which were also attended by IOC member Vitaly Smirnov and Victor A. Khotochkin - the Executive First Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee - looked at technical elements of the relationship between the IOC and Sochi 2014, including key aspects of the Games organisation, common objectives for the IOC and the Organising Committee, the structure of a Coordination Commission, the IOC’s Games-management process, logistics for the next visit of the IOC to Sochi, the development of the Master Schedule for the Sochi Games and a look at Sochi 2014’s current progress.
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. The first full visit of the IOC’s Coordination Commission to Sochi will be next year.
Sochi 2014
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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