President of IOC Says Sochi Olympics Will Be a Grand Event

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IOC head has commended Russian organizers for making important progress in preparations for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Jacque Rogge, president of IOC is in the Black Sea resort to attend meetings of the European Olympic Committees. The IOC head was taken on a tour of the venues Thursday by Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi's local organizing committee.

Rogge mentioned that he saw notable improvement since his last visit to Sochi almost two years ago.

The head of the IOC's coordination commission for Sochi, Jean-Claude Killy, said the preparations were right on track and the Sochi Olympics will be a "grandiose event."

Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak revealed that the building of all facilities of Sochi's mountain cluster should be complete by this year and they will host international ski, freestyle and biathlon events next February and March.

"These national and international competitions will allow us to taste the greatness of the future grandiose event and at the same time test the personnel and main Olympic facilities," he said.

Kozak said that the government may even consider subsidizing loan rates for some private investors involved in Sochi construction projects. He also added that it wouldn't result in any significant increase when it comes to costs.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 December 2011 13:00

Sochi 2014 Revive Youth Volunteering

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About two years from now, the Olympic Winter Games will be hosted by Russia for the first time in its resort city, Sochi. No doubt that many extraordinary athletes will be participating and making sport history in Sochi city. This will inspire young people in Russia as well as around the globe to take up winter sports in the spirit of the Olympics.


Kuban Cossack Choir Chosen as the Voice of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad

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The Sochi 2014 ambassadors’ team has been joined by about 157 singers from the Kuban Cossack Choir, one of the oldest musical collectives of Russia. In its new role, the Choir will participate in the events of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad as well as facilitate the spread of Olympic and Paralympic values throughout Russia. The Kuban Cossack Choir has already become the second representative of the Krasnodar Region within the team of Sochi 2014 ambassadors - in 2010 Alexei Voevoda, the World bobsleigh Champion and multiple Olympic medalists also joined the team.

The president of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, presented the honorary Sochi 2014 ambassador diploma to the choir on the scene of the Kremlin Grand Palace during the concert dedicated to the Choir’s anniversary. Dmitry Chernyshenko also presented a big dozen-doll Matryoshka to the Choir which is one of the first products of the Sochi 2014 licence program.

Viktor Zakharchenko, Artistic Director of the Kuban Cossack Choir, said:
"We thank the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for the honor of joining the large and close family of Sochi 2014 ambassadors. It is essential that in 2014 we greet all the guests and athletes of Kuban not just with traditional “bread and salt”, but also with songs. I am convinced that our work will reflect the best of Russia’s multinational culture not least because our Kuban Cossack Choir has performed folk songs for 200 years now!"


No Stopping Sochi 2014 Preparations

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With roughly less than three-and-a-half years to go before the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Vladislav Sandursky of the Olympstroi Corporation mentioned that the Olympic construction is in a very active stage now, reports PanArmenian.net.

"We currently have about 48,000 construction workers and over 4,500 units of building machinery. Work is in full swing with about 140 facilities simultaneously under construction. We have been almost through the total design stage, and most of the projects have already passed technical expertise. On many sites construction has entered the final stage".

He also said that, "All fundamental decisions have been made on all Olympic facilities, except the main stadium. What it will ultimately look like is still unclear. This will depend on the scenario of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies - how the Olympic flame will be lit, and so on.

"The Organizing Committee wants this to be something very special. Various options are being considered for the tribunes and the roof. While these and other details are being finalized, construction of the stadiums' key elements is proceeding at full speed".


Sochi 2014 Sets the Record as The Longest Olympic Torch Relay

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The Olympic Torch Relay for 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, that will begin in October 7, 2013, sets the record as the longest in the history of games, declared by the president of the organizing committee games Dmitri Tchernychenko on Tuesday.

“The relay will begin in Moscow October 7, 2013, arriving in Sochi, February 7, 2014, it will be the longest relay in Olympic history.” The flame from Athens will travel over 40,000 km, the length of the equator in 123 days, said Tchernychenko.

“In my opinion, it is unlikely that we can break that record,” he added.

The Olympic Olympic Torch Relay will pass through the 83 entities of the Russian Federation and all the inhabitants of the country that wish can become carriers of the flame.

The relay route will go through about 2,000 locations. “We will try to reach the beautiful figure of 2014,” said Tchernychenko.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 will be take place in Sochi, the Russian resort city on the banks of the Black Sea, from February 7 to 23, 2014. The XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will be held from 7 to 16 March 2014.


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