POSTED: October 30th 2008

Sochi mayor resigns

Sochi Black Sea resort area / Photo courtesy of Sochi 2014
Sochi Black Sea resort area / Photo courtesy of Sochi 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI: Sochi, host city for the 2014 Winter Games, has lost its mayor on health grounds. Vladimir Afanasenkov revealed his resignation Thursday. 

"One of the reasons is a spine injury. I will be undergoing surgery soon," he said.

The mayor of the nearby town of Armavir, Dzhambulat Khatuov, has been appointed as 'caretaker' in Afanasenkov's place until a replacement can named.

Sochi will be hosting the first Russian Winter Olympics - Moscow hosted the Summer Games in 1980 - and the Russian Black Sea resort area has much building to accomplish before the 2014 opening ceremony.

$12bn construction projects

Recently-appointed Dmitry Kozak, the Russian deputy prime minister with special responsibility to oversee the 2014 Winter Games, has confirmed that negotiations with foreign investors are proceeding and that he has a great deal of confidence that the investments will be covered.

Half the money required to complete the 200 construction projects - estimated at $12bn - will be government-funded with the rest coming from investors.

Keywords · 2014 Winter Games · Sochi · Vladimir Afanasenkov · Dzhambulat Khatuov · Moscow 1980 Russian Black Sea · Dmitry Kozak

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