POSTED: October 7th 2008

IOC green light for Putin plan

Peak performances in sight / Courtesy of Sochi 2014
Peak performances in sight / Courtesy of Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI: The IOC has rubber stamped Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s new transport scheme and the organizer's new venue proposals for a more environmentally streamlined organization of the Sochi Games.

The changes were explained at the IOC coordination commission's visit on October 6-7 to oversee work in progress.

Gilbert Felli, the IOC Games director, said: "Vladimir Putin has proposed changes that will help minimize the environmental impact during the construction and operation of the Olympic transport facilities - and we have gratefully accepted the proposal."

Putin proposed minimizing the environmental impact of transport by limiting the number of train lines from two to one and reducing the road width from four lanes down to three in the mountain and valley area, between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana.

Jean-Claude Killy, the co-ordination commission chairman, said: “At any edition of the Games, and perhaps even more so in Winter Games, the transport system is key.

"Sochi 2014 and its local partners are working on solutions that will greatly improve transport in this region not only for Olympic visitors but for local residents for years to come.”

Concerns over environmental implications in the Krasnaya Polyana mountain cluster earlier this year prompted the IOC coordination commission to review the layout and consider transfering several of the venues to achieve more eco-friendly usage.

Now the venue locations have been approved and the organizing committee is free to go full speed ahead with planning, design and construction.

“The new locations for these venues don’t just provide the athletes with the best possible facilities, they will also ensure that any environmental impact is kept to a minimum,” said Killy, a former triple gold medal skier.

Government support

He added: “We are pleased to see that the Sochi 2014 project has support from the highest level of government down. It is this commitment to the Games and the Olympic values which have made this progress possible and keep the Sochi Games on track.”

Dmitry Chernychenko, president and chief executive officer of Sochi 2014, noted that the changes had created a positive impact on the budget.

He said: “The Sochi 2014 proposal is unique because the mountain cluster is one of the most compact in the history of the Winter Games. It proves that the decision to relocate the Games venues was absolutely right. Moreover, it will result in a reduction in our budget.

“All construction work will be completed according to schedule. In fact, construction work in several venues within the mountain cluster is ahead of schedule, and construction in the Immeretinskaya Valley will start soon.”

The Coordination Commission meeting also reviewed updates on other areas of progress such as sport, NOC services, technology, marketing, accommodation and communications. The commission’s next review of Sochi 2104 will be next year.

The Games, featuring seven sports, will run from February 7-23, 2014.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Vladimir Putin · Dmitry Chernychenko · Gilbert Felli · Jean-Claude Killy · IOC

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