POSTED: September 26th 2013

IOC Coordination Commission visits Sochi for final time

The final IOC Coordination Commission press conference / Sochi 2014
The final IOC Coordination Commission press conference / Sochi 2014

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Sochi welcomed the International Olympic Committee’s Coordination Commission for its 10th and final visit just four months before the Black Sea city hosts the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, with the Opening Ceremony set for 7 Feb. 2014.

“We often say that there is no time to waste as the clock ticks down to the Opening Ceremony, and this still stands true,” Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy said. “But to see how far the local organisers have come over the last six years is quite simply remarkable – the competition venues are ready; the spirit of the Games is awakening here; and the athletes, spectators and all others who visit next February can expect a fabulous experience. I’d like to congratulate Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko and their teams for their efforts so far.”

Each competition venue has held test events and non-competition venues will be ready for the start of the Games, the Coordination Commission found as it visited the mountain and coastal clusters of Sochi. The Main Operations Centre is being tested and fully operational, as well.

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay will begin Sunday, 29 Sept., at the Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia. The following Sunday, 6 Oct., the Olympic Torch will arrive in Moscow and begin the longest Olympic Torch Relay. Over the course of 123 days, 14,000 torchbearers will cover 65,000 kilometres to bring the flame within one hour of 90 percent of Russia.

Twenty-six volunteer centres around Russia have recruited thousands of volunteers for the Olympic Games, while the Cultural Olympiad has introduced the Olympic values to thousands of citizens. Phase 2 of Sochi 2014’s ticket programme will also go into effect soon.

“With 134 days to go until the Opening Ceremony, we have demonstrated to the IOC that Russia is ready for the Games and only the final touches of our preparations remain,” Chernyshenko said. “There are many tests in the journey to prepare for an Olympic and Paralympic Games and our stunning venues, new infrastructure, and dedicated staff have passed every one.

“We are proud to be delivering the promises we made to the International Olympic Committee by hosting a Games that will be truly innovative and inspiring. I would like to personally thank the IOC for their guidance and support since Sochi was awarded the honour of hosting the Games. They have been integral in ensuring we will deliver the best Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games ever.”

The Bolshoy Ice Dome – Sochi 2014’s ice hockey venue – will host thousands of people at the XII Sochi International Investment Forum later this year, demonstrating some of the legacy plans Sochi 2014 has for its venues. Olympic construction has resulted in a rise in employment in the construction and services industry, which, in turn, has led to local infrastructure such as roads, rail links, electricity, sewage, and water systems to be upgraded.

Athlete and National Olympic Committee services, sport and the International Federations, the Paralympic Games, the Look of the Games technology, media services, marketing, medical services, and spectator experience were some of the topics discussed during the International Olympic Committee’s three-day meeting in Sochi.

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