POSTED: March 14th 2013

IOC Coordination Commission impressed with test events at Sochi 2014

(L to R) Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director Olympic Games, Jean-Claude Killy, head of the IOC Commission. Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014 / Sochi 2014
(L to R) Gilbert Felli, IOC Executive Director Olympic Games, Jean-Claude Killy, head of the IOC Commission. Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Prime Minister, and Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014 / Sochi 2014

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 14 – The International Olympic Committee Coordination Commission paid the next to the last visit to the Russian hosts of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Representatives from all seven Olympic winter International Federations accompanied the Commission.

Building on the success of the final winter of testing – including sustaining good communications with all stakeholders - is essential for the local Organising Committee with the Opening Ceremony of the Games draws nearer.

Forty-two test events have taken place during the 2012-13 winter season at 10 venues in the coastal and mountain clusters and five more are still scheduled. The Commission learned some 100 training and competition days have been held, while 50,000 spectators and around 4,500 athletes, coaches and other team staff members have been welcomed to Sochi. More than 3,000 volunteers aided the 800 Sochi 2014 staff.

“We’ve witnessed a very high standard of testing across the board and this has been accompanied by positive feedback from athletes, as well as the international Federations who have been with us here this week,” Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy said. “Strong communication and collaboration between the Organising Committee and the Federations has been integral to the success of the test events, and similar dialogue with all groups involved in the Olympics will be key to a successful Games next February.”

The interest in tickets, a growing following on social media and activities tied to the Cultural Olympiad, educational programme and volunteers represent the excitement for the Games across Russia. Around 1.4 million spectators attended 1,050 Cultural Olympiad events in 83 regions around the country in 2012. Two thousand volunteer applications were received for the 2014 Games and 40,000 children have already participated in Sochi 2014’s educational programme.

“You can definitely feel the passion and anticipation for the Games building,” Killy said. “But preparing for the Games is not unlike competition skiing. You need to navigate every single gate all the way to the end or risk losing everything. The organisers are doing a great job but must maintain their focus as they hit the final stretch.”

“The largest programme of test events any host city has ever undertaken has clearly demonstrated the ability of our team to deliver great sporting events for athletes, coaches and spectators,” Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “The IOC and representatives of the International Federations have seen the growing excitement for the Winter Olympics, as ticket sales continue to soar, our venues are operations, and the passion of our volunteers shines through.

“We have a few more test events to complete before all of our team gets back together to make sure we learn lessons from our experiences and prepare to deliver the innovative Winter Olympics that would demonstrate the positive sustainable changes in Russia and inspire the world.”

The Commission stressed the importance of the spectator experience to a successful Olympic Games, saying Sochi 2014 must ensure that, from accommodation to the experience in the Olympic venues, the delivery and quality of services is of the highest possible standard.

The final Coordination Commission visit to Sochi is scheduled for 24-26 September before the Games open in early February.

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