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

"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".


Black Sea Day Celebrations in Sochi ECO-Town

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The “Clean Sea for Clean City” environmental activity took place in Sochi this week. The Sochi City Administration spearheaded the event together with the, Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, and The Coca-Cola Company, Worldwide IOC partner. The initiative was dedicated to the World Black Sea Day and the World Clean-Up Day. During the event an educational ECO-town was set up on Sochi’s central square. There were numerous schoolchildren, students and Sochi 2014 Volunteers who were involved in the eco-activities.

The activity also saw an educational roundtable, dedicated to raising environmental awareness and culture. Nikolay Drozdov, Moscow State University professor and famous TV presenter as well as representatives of the Sochi City Administration, civic environmental organizations and business community all participated. The “Black Sea Box” education project was presented to the participants in the form of teaching materials prepared as a result of cooperation with the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), World Wildlife Fund – Turkey (WWF-Turkey), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and The Coca-Cola Company. “The Black Sea Box’ is set to be introduced to classrooms across Russia and incorporated into various educational subjects at primary and secondary school level.

There were 16 Sochi 2014 Volunteer centers in 12 Russian cities that participated in The World Black Sea Day and the World Clean-Up Day. More than 3,500 volunteers across the country undertook clean-ups as well as a number of creative and social projects.


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.


Sochi Expecting $300M in Excess from 2014 Winter Games

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Russian organizers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi have already accumulated more than $1 billion in domestic sponsorships, but still hope to secure deals worth another $200 million and complete with a post-games surplus of more than $300 million.

The head of the Sochi organizing committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, revealed to The Associated Press on Thursday that the Olympic body will not need any government money despite the weakening global economy and competition from the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

According to him, they are confident they won't need public money from the state. "There is an obligation of the state to co-invest in the games, but my goal is to have this money as profit of the games", Dmitry said.

While Sochi has already raised $1.2 billion — an Olympic record — in domestic sponsorship revenue and tied up all of its top-tier sponsors, Chernyshenko said deals with a few second-level companies are still possible.

Several suppliers are in the pipeline to provide value-in-kind services worth $200 million, which would take total sponsorship deals to $1.4 billion, he said.In addition, money from licensing, ticket sales, lottery revenues and IOC television rights and global sponsorships should help cover Sochi's organizing committee budget of $2.2 billion, Chernyshenko said.

Overall, he said, Sochi hopes to end up with a surplus of about $340 million.

Sixty percent of any profits would be put back into sports development in Russia, with the rest going to the national Olympic committee and the IOC.

Sochi has been competing for sponsors with other international sports events in Russia, including the 2018 World Cup. Last year, Sochi lost out on two potential major sponsorship deals with Russian diamond giant Alrosa and gas monopoly Gazprom.





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