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14 May 2009
IOC News , Sochi 2014 , Press Release

Sport And Athletes Experience Key To Sochi Success

The International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, led by its Chairman, the Frenchman Jean-Claude Killy, has brought to a close two days of meetings with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in the Russian host city (13-14 May 2009). The visit will conclude this evening with a debriefing on the preparations between Chairman Killy, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Gilbert Felli, and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Joined for part of the trip by the Presidents and Secretaries General of the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations, the Commission was pleased to see that sport and the athletes were playing a central role in all areas of the project’s development and planning.

Speaking at the close of the meetings, Jean-Claude Killy said, “The success of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is ultimately based upon the Organising Committee’s ability to deliver a high quality field of play and a great experience for all the competitors and visitors during their stay. With that in mind, our colleagues from the International Olympic Winter Sports Federations visited the sites of the competition venues this week and got a detailed understanding of the plans for each one. Along with the Coordination Commission, they were impressed by the plans and will continue to work closely with Sochi 2014 and its new athletes’ commission, chaired by my IOC colleague Alexander Popov, in order to perfect them, as we all continue towards our objective of giving the world’s winter sportsmen and women the finest experience in 2014.”

He continued, “The Commission also took particular note of the designs of the Olympic Villages, which are of a very high standard. They will allow the athletes to prepare in the best possible manner for their competitions and this will no doubt lead to some great sporting memories and achievements during the Sochi Games.”

Killy also noted, “We must not underestimate the size and complexity of what our Russian friends will achieve here. When we look at the work that is being done in areas such as transportation, infrastructure development and technological upgrades for the whole region, it is absolutely immense. As Deputy Prime Minister for the Olympic Games and Regional Development Dmitry Kozak has pointed out, this project has the full support of the Russian Government because it is part of a much wider regeneration of the region, in addition to being a great way for the Government to invest in this time of economic downturn. The Games are a catalyst for this development but it also increases the organisational challenge, which is why we have a highly competent Deputy Prime Minister in the person of Aleksandr Zhukov, as Chairman of the Sochi 2014 Supervisory Council, looking after the organisation of the Games.”

Killy concluded, “A lot of advances have been made since our last visit and we have also taken some important steps forward during our meetings this week, but as I have said in the past, time is not a luxury that we have to play with on this project. The Sochi team must therefore ensure that it makes its decisions in a timely manner, so as to maintain its ambitious schedule. However, with the high calibre of the people in front of us and the impressive detail of the reports over the past two days, I am confident that Sochi 2014, ably led by its President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, will deliver.”

Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, said: "It has been a privilege to welcome so many world-leading experts in winter sports as part of the IOC Coordination Commission - their advice has been incredibly valuable and I will personally ensure that it is incorporated into Sochi 2014's already well advanced plans. Sochi 2014 has recently made substantial progress. We have submitted the Games Foundation Plan to the IOC and are moving from the strategic planning phase to the operational planning phase. Sochi 2014 is fully on schedule."

Another key area for the IOC in Sochi’s preparations is the environment, and the IOC was pleased to hear the announcement from Deputy Prime Minister Kozak that they will be implementing new green construction guidelines on the Olympic project, which is a major step in the right direction. The evolution in understanding in this field has advanced greatly within the project, and this is also due to Sochi 2014’s close collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and various environmental NGOs.

The two days of meetings saw the full Commission hear updates on a number of Games-related areas, such as, sport, athletes’ services, venue construction, transport, legacy, environment, Paralympic Games, media services and technology.

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 next visit of the Coordination Commission to Sochi will be in April 2010. More information on the members of the Commission can be found here
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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