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23 Apr 2008
Sochi 2014 , IOC News

SOCHI 2014: Strong Foundations Laid

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games concluded its first full visit (22-23 April 2008) to the Russian host city today. The Commission, led by IOC member Jean-Claude Killy, took advantage of the visit to review first-hand the sites of the venues for the 2014 Games, and heard updates from the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee (Sochi 2014) on a number of key areas of Games preparations, such as the Organising Committee structure, transport, marketing, environment and construction.

Government Support
Speaking at the end of the visit, Chairman Killy said, “The Sochi 2014 project is an ambitious and exceptional one, which will leave a tremendous legacy to the Krasnodar region and its people, and to sport in Russia. Such a venture, however, cannot be completed successfully unless there is complete unity behind it, and the Commission was delighted to see that Sochi 2014 continues to have the support of all levels of Russian society. Indeed, the presence of Prime Minister Zubkov, Speaker of the Duma Gryzlov, Deputy Prime Minister Zhukov and a number of other high ranking Russian government ministers during our meetings underlined the importance that Russia places on these Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.”

Solid Foundations
Killy continued: “This week has also allowed us to cement our own relationship with the Sochi organisation, and we have laid very solid foundations, which will allow us to move forward together as one team. The presentations made to us by Sochi 2014 were of an extremely high quality, and this fills us with confidence that the project is in good hands. Sochi 2014 ions made to us was of an extremely high quality I have no doubt that these Games have the capacity to be truly spectacular, and we will work hard with our Russian friends to ensure that the winter sports athletes of the world compete in top-quality conditions in 2014.”

In addition to meetings with the Sochi team, a large part of this first Coordination Commission visit was devoted to site visits, which allowed the Commission to see first- hand the development and positioning of the venues for 2014. The Commission toured the Olympic sites in the city of Sochi and visited the Krasnaya Polyana cluster, which will host the snow and sliding sports in 2014. Speaking about the sites, Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, said: “The Sochi venues will be some of the most spectacular winter sports arenas in the world, ranging from magnificent mountain sites to stadiums on the water’s edge.”

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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