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    • IOC happy with Sochi 2014 progress

      The first IOC Project Review of 2011 took place in Sochi this week. Meetings and presentations around the key areas of Games organization were held during the visit. The IOC delegation underlined the achievements of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee in Games planning and the creation of the Games management team, observing that "Sochi is making good progress towards hosting successful Games" according to a Sochi 2014 press release.

      The reports covered all the key areas of the Organizing Committee's activities, i.e. workforce recruitment and training, competition and non-competition venue construction, specific aspects of Olympic Park operations, athletes' and stakeholder accommodation, the Games transport model, and many other subjects.

      The IOC delegation headed by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi 2014 and Gilbert Felli, the IOC's Olympic Games Executive Director also noted the Organizing Committee's achievements in building the Games management team, which includes the involvement of both national and international experts. Efforts in the area of the environment and sustainability were also examined. The Sochi Games intend to leave a positive legacy to Russia in this domain, with some initiatives being undertaken in the country for the first time.

      Chairman of IOC Coordination Commission Jean-Claude Killy said: "Once again, we've seen great progress during our visit to Sochi. The operational planning for the Games is reaching a new level of detail and we can see that the experienced team in front of us has truly understood the needs and demands of running an Olympic Games at the highest level. Sochi 2014 is starting to bring its Games vision to life and we can feel in the city that Olympic fever is really growing."

      Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014, summed up: "Sochi today is the biggest construction site in Europe but Sochi 2014 is much more than a construction project. It is an event that is inspiring millions of Russians and is uniting the nation. The scores of events that were held on 14th May all over the country, within the framework of "1,000 days to go" proved that to us all. We still have a lot of challenges ahead of us; but I am convinced that the advice and assistance of IOC colleagues will help us to overcome these challenges".

      Includes contributions by Sochi 2014