Third IOC Coordination Commission Visit To Sochi
The Olympic and Paralympic flags have just been raised over the Black Sea resort of Sochi, meaning that in only four years’ time, the city will be hosting the XXII Olympic Winter Games. It is with this deadline in mind that the third visit of the International Olympic Committee (IOC)’s Coordination Commission will take place this week (13-15 April). Under the leadership of its Chairman, Jean-Claude Killy, the Commission will be looking to see the progress made by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and its partners since the last full visit of the Commission in May of 2009.
During the three days of visits, the Commission will have the opportunity to visit the Olympic venues in Sochi and Krasnaya Polyana, as well as look at the progress in a number of Games-related areas, including sport, athlete services, media services, transport and culture. This will allow the Commission to get a full overview of the Games project and allow it to provide guidance to the Sochi team as the world’s spotlight turns to Russia.
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.