POSTED: December 2nd 2009

IOC President Rogge meets with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin

(LtoR) Jean-Claude Killy,  IOC President Jacques Rogge met with PM Vladimir Putin and organizing officials / Image: Office of the Prime Minister
(LtoR) Jean-Claude Killy, IOC President Jacques Rogge met with PM Vladimir Putin and organizing officials / Image: Office of the Prime Minister

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MOSCOW, Dec. 2: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin received today IOC president Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC coordination commission chair Jean-Claude Killy to discuss preparations for the Sochi Olympics. 

In spite of the tragic bomb blast last weekend that caused a train wreck between Moscow and St Petersburg on Friday, killing 26 people and injuring 100, the IOC stands by Russia’s security plans. Another bomb went off in the Dagestan region yesterday but luckily there were no fatalities.

IOC President Rogge said, Mr Prime Minister, first of all, please accept my sincere condolences regarding the victims of the recent railway tragedy.”

The meetings for the launch of the new Sochi 2014 emblem were held in a more somber atmosphere due to the accident.

Prime Minister Putin issued a statement on todays meeting: “I am happy to welcome you to Moscow again. I know you have a very busy agenda here. We are pleased that you took part in the approval of the 2014 Olympic logo - I hope you liked it.”

Putin added that the organizers are concentrating on construction of the Olympic facilities and that a total of 14,500 people are now employed at the construction site and over 2,000 construction machines are being used. Of all the facilities that are planned, 123 are at the design stage; 42 are already past that stage; and construction is underway on 49 sites.

Other areas are going forward as the big ice arena is at an advanced stage and the Sochi bypass highway is near completion.

He added, “We are determined to make good on all of our commitments with regard to infrastructure development, especially auto and rail links between the coastal and mountain clusters. Our colleagues from the IOC often visit Moscow and Sochi and inspect the construction sites.

“The work is supervised in detail by the Russian Government. If any issues arise during project implementation, we always try to resolve them promptly with IOC representatives. We can feel your support, Mr. President, and hope that you are also satisfied with the level of contact between the participants in this complex project.”

The IOC was pleased with the new emblem and the progress of the preparations and President Rogge said, “Indeed, we attended a presentation of an extremely creative and innovative logo yesterday. Allow me to thank you personally for your support of this project, which keeps things going smoothly and effectively. Thank you for confirming the progress of Olympic preparations.

“I am confident that Mr. Killy can tell you more about the IOC assessments and our response to the Olympic preparations underway in Russia. I would also like to highlight the good businesslike relations between the IOC, the Russian Government and Russia's NOC, which is working on the project. Thank you” he concluded.

Russia will host the first winter Olympics during February 7-23rd of 2014.

Keywords · IOC · Jacques Rogge · Vladimir Putin · Jean-Claude Killy · Sochi 2014

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