POSTED: June 8th 2010

New museum opened in Sochi recalls Russian sports legacy

(center) IOC President Jacques Rogge admires the Sochi Sporting Glory memorabilia / Image: Sochi 2014
(center) IOC President Jacques Rogge admires the Sochi Sporting Glory memorabilia / Image: Sochi 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

SOCHI, Jun 08: Today the new Sochi sports museum was officially opened with dignitaries led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge. Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak, Sochi 2014 President and CEO, Dmitry Chernyshenko, and the Mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov.

The museum will focus on the Russian sports legacy and visitors will get to learn about the history of Olympic Movement in Russia, the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games and the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Exhibits about famous Sochi Olympians will also have a special dedicated area. 
Sochi ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, “Sochi is changing everyday as the city prepares to host the next Winter Games and be part of a lasting legacy for the Olympic Movement. As the new museum changes and develops over the coming years, it will become one of the element of this legacy.

“I am confident that after the Winter Games, this museum will become one of the country’s most loved sporting museums and will inspire Russia to new victories.”

The new museum is located on the square in front of the Sochi municipality administration and is near the two Olympic and Paralympic flags that were handed over by Vancouver following the winter Games. 

Visitors will be able to enjoy in the museum photographs, memorabilia and rare documents. Some of the interesting objects to note are a watch once owned by the famous Russian tennis player Evgeny Kafelnikov, a football autographed by the entire CSKA Moscow squad, a collection of badges from the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, a Sochi 2014 Bid Book and the pen that was used to sign the Sochi 2014 Host City Contract.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Jacques Rogge · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Anatoly Pakhomov

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