POSTED: February 2nd 2011

Deputy PM insists change at the top of Olympstroy will not harm Sochi

Sochi work in progress on the ice palace / lake images
Sochi work in progress on the ice palace / lake images

NIKKI WICKS / Sports Features Communications

LONDON/SOCHI, Feb 02: The resignation of Taimuraz Bolloev as chief executive of the construction arm for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will not affect preparation work for Games, according to Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Bolloev quit his post with Olympstroy for health reasons and was immediately replaced by Sergey Gaplikov, deputy of the chief of the Government Staff of the Russian Federation.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak was sought to avert speculation that Bolloev’s resignation was linked to reports in Russia of corruption within Olympstroy.

He said: “There were no facts presented concerning abuse or corruption at either SC Olympstroy or any other authority body, despite the close scrutiny from a number of different bodies. The Olympstroy security service has revealed some violations and passed them to the relevant law enforcement bodies. However, these cases have nothing to do with corruption.

“Mr Bolloev’s departure will not affect the implementation of the Olympic project in any way because a solid management system has been established at SC Olympstroy.”

Turning to the appointment of Gaplikov, Kozak said: "I personally proposed the candidacy of Sergey Gaplikov. I am confident that his experience and professionalism should help him to be successful in delivering the project.”

The Sochi 2014 Olympics will be held from February 7-23, the first time the winter Games have been held in Russia.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Bolloev · Gaplikov · Olympstroy

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