IOC pleased with Russia’s preparations for 2014 Winter Olympics


One of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation has positively evaluated Russia’s preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in the resort city of Sochi.

Led by Jean-Claude Killy, this is the fourth visit of the IOC Coordination Commission to Sochi as part of routine inspections on how Russia prepares for the Olympics.

So far the IOC is happy with the way work has progress and absolutely positive that the 2014 Olympic Games will be held at the highest possible level, Killy told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

The Russian premier visited Sochi on Wednesday to escort the IOC delegation during part of its three-day inspection.

Over 200 sports facilities and pieces of infrastructure are to be built in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Games. The cost of building the facilities and infrastructure is estimated at more than $30 billion.

The southern Russian resort city on the Black Sea won the right to host the Olympics at an IOC session in Guatemala in July 2007 after a close race with South Korea’s Pyeongchang and Austria’s Salzburg.

Putin, a noted sports fan and participant, was the driving force behind Russia’s successful bid.