POSTED: October 14th 2010

So far so good for Sochi 2014 . . . but Killy flags up action points at halfway mark

Work under way on the main stadium site / lake images
Work under way on the main stadium site / lake images

Sign of progress: the Sochi ice palace / lake images
Sign of progress: the Sochi ice palace / lake images

LAURA WALDEN and KEIR RADNEDGE/ Sports Features Communications

MONACO/SOCHI, Oct 14: Sochi’s 2014 Olympic organisers remain on track with the winter Games construction challenges. But the IOC coordination commission, led by Jean-Claude Killy, picked out specific areas of concern at the end of its fourth formal visit.

Some 1212 days remain, setting the project at the halfway mark between the vote in Guatemala City to the date when the Games open in the Russian Black Sea resort.

Killy said: “Once again we have been impressed by the quality of the work by Sochi 2014 and its partners. We can see progress being made, with venues rising from the ground, new sections of road being used by the public and environmental initiatives being undertaken. Sochi 2014 is delivering on its promises to the athletes, and preparations remain on track.”

The 1968 Olympic gold medallist was confident Sochi would be ready. However he cautioned: “As we’ve said since Day One, a number of areas require careful monitoring by Sochi 2014 to ensure delivery in the most efficient manner.

Attention needed

“We are talking about construction – in particular of accommodation - workforce recruitment and training as well as coordination of Games operations. Each area is key for any Games and Sochi 2014 is no exception. The organisers have underlined to us that they know that they must pay close attention to these areas and I am sure they will not let us down.”

Last month Teimuraz Bolloyev, head of state construction corporation Olympstroy, was reported by Russian agency Ria Novosti as stating that only 15pc of the construction projects had been completed. Bolloyev noted that 215 sports and infrastructure facilities were scheduled and 30 were under construction.

** Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin travelled to Sochi during the commission’s visit to sign a contract for a 2014 Grand Prix to be held in Sochi. Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone said the annual fee would be $40m, similar to new host deals with Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

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