POSTED: May 30th 2013

Chernyshenko: Sochi winter Olympics on track to be ready by October

The medals were introduced to the IOC Executive Board / Sochi 2014
The medals were introduced to the IOC Executive Board / Sochi 2014

The Olympic medals / IOC
The Olympic medals / IOC

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games Organising Committee President Dmitry Chernyshenko vowed on Thursday that construction work ahead of the event would be completed by October.

Chernyshenko, speaking at SportAccord Convention in Saint Petersburg, said that any fears about the rate of progress in preparing the Black Sea resort for the Games were misplaced.

“We have just come to the end of the most extensive test events programme in Winter Games history,” he said. “There have been three times as many test events as Vancouver 2010.

“We have had 23 top-class events, 130 training and competition days, 3,000 competitors, 7,500 staff and volunteers and 3,000 members of the media. And, for me the most important of all: 130,000 spectators.

“It is a huge achievement for a city that was a summer resort until 2007. So the message after this last test event season is simple: we are ready.”

However, Chernyshenko acknowledged that challenges remain in the months before the start of the Games.

“Of course there were things we must improve – that’s why we have test events,” he added.

“It’s better to see where we need to improve now rather than in eight months’ time. However, the feedback we have had from IFs, from media, and especially from the athletes, has been really helpful. The vast majority of the feedback has been positive.”

In an earlier media briefing, Chernyshenko said that security would be watertight during the Games.

“Our security (services) tested out all necessary projects to reach the goal,” he said. “The state is providing outstanding support to guarantee that [the Olympics] will be safe and quiet.”

Chernyshenko added that Sochi, which until its Winter Olympics bid was better known as a summer resort, had taken on board lessons from the 2010 Games in Vancouver, when unusually warm weather had led to snow being stored for some of the most popular competitions.

“The lesson we learned from Vancouver is that the weather can be abnormal,” he said. “That is why we realised also that delivering snow by helicopter might not be the most efficient way.

Chernyshenko added that the snow storage “means that in any weather the fields of play are guaranteed to be covered by snow for the period of at least 50 days”.

Sochi 2014 also unveiled its medal designs at SportAccord Convention.
Chernyshenko said that it takes 18 hours to craft each medal, which displays a unique ‘Patchwork Quilt’ – a mosaic of national designs from Russia’s various cultures and ethnicities.

Depending on the type of metal used, the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic medals weigh between 460 and 686 grams. Each medal is 10mm thick and 100mm in diameter.

 “Our medals are unique and innovative, but also bear the distinct spirit and culture of Russia,” he said. “We are very proud of our medals, and we hope that each winner will feel the love and care that went through their creative process.”

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