POSTED: July 1st 2014

Sochi 2014 CEO: We hope Sochi will become an example to other Russian cities, the world

The Sochi 2014 Volunteer program / Sochi 2014
The Sochi 2014 Volunteer program / Sochi 2014

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Russia has been able to use the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games to promote education, physical activity, public health, and inclusion throughout the world’s largest country. The Sochi 2014 team is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea for the IOC Debriefing to share knowledge with the three future host cities.

The Games’ legacy has also already resulted in the creation of a volunteer movement, which saw more than 25,000 Russian volunteers interact with athletes, spectators, and other Games participants at Sochi 2014. Around 2,800 volunteer projects are now underway in Russia.

“When Sochi began the bidding process in 2005, the concept of volunteering simply did not exist in Russia,” Sochi 2014 Organising Committee President and Chief Executive Officer Dmitry Chernyshenko said. “Now, the volunteer movement is thriving.”

After the International Olympic Committee awarded Sochi the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Russia invested in the creation of barrier-free and accessible infrastructure to assist those with disabilities and to raise awareness of the needs of those with a disability. To help Russians’ previous opinions of the 13 million citizens living with a disability, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee launched a Paralympic Awareness Programme in 2011.

Olympic Values were also taught to more than five million schoolchildren following the new Olympic education system in primary and secondary education institutions. A 10-percent increase was also seen in Sochi residents regularly participating in physical activity and sports in the years leading up to the Games.

“As a result of the Sochi Games, an entire generation will be brought up with awareness and understanding of the Olympic and Paralympic Values,” Chernyshenko said.

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