Sochi 2014 on course

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The International Olympic Committee has finalised the venue locations proposed by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for the Winter Olympics that year.

The International Olympic Committee has finalised the venue locations proposed by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster for biathlon, following the decision taken earlier this year to relocate some of the sites because of environmental considerations. This decision, which was the last step in approvals for the new locations, paves the way for Sochi 2014 to move forward with planning, design and construction in the mountain area. Commenting on the decision, IOC coordination commission chairman Jean–Claude Killy said: "The Sochi Organising Committee has always been committed to the athletes and the environment. The new locations for these venues don't just provide the athletes with the best possible facilities, they will also ensure that any environmental impact is kept to a minimum. " He continued: "We are pleased to see that the Sochi 2014 project has support from the highest level of government down. It is this commitment to the Games and the Olympic values that have made this progress possible and which keep the Sochi Games on track. "President and CEO of Sochi 2014 Dmitry Chernychenko added: "During this project review visit of the IOC to Moscow, we discussed the foundations that have already been laid for the successful hosting of the 2014 Winter Games. The meetings with the IOC's representatives were very fruitful–during these meetings Sochi 2014 reported on all the key areas of work in delivering the 2014 Winter Games. We showed the IOC the system of integrated management which will allow the monitoring and realisation of 7, 000 programmes and projects which are related to Games organisation and which we are responsible for. We also agreed with the IOC experts on the final location of our Olympic venues. The Sochi 2014 proposal is unique because the Mountain Cluster in Sochi is one of the most compact in the history of the Winter Games. It proves that the decision to relocate the Games venues was absolutely right. Moreover, it will actually result in a reduction in our budget. "The decision on the venues came during a Project Review meeting in Moscow, which was attended by Killy and IOC Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli. In addition, Sochi also reported on its work relating to its transport infrastructure and transport strategy for the Games. During this presentation, the IOC also agreed to the proposition initiated by Prime Minister Putin to reduce and minimise the environmental impact of transport in the mountain and valley area, between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana, by limiting the number of train lines from two to one and the width of the road from four to three lanes. Chernychenko said: "All construction work will be completed according to schedule. In fact, construction work in several venues within the mountain cluster is ahead of schedule, and construction in the Immeretinskaya Valley will start soon. "The project review meeting also looked at a number of other functional areas linked to Games organisation, such as sport, NOC services, technology, marketing, accommodation and communications. As part of the Sochi 2014 Games Plan a new modern waste processing plant will be constructed in Sochi. It will provide an urban waste processing system for the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond by replacing waste burning technology. As part of this process a 70 meter stretch of pipe from the old Sochi waste burning plant was decommissioned today by a controlled explosion. Effective preparation ensured that the 700 tons of pipe were deconstructed without any damage to nearby buildings. The new 30 million Euro waste processing plant – which will employ a complex system to recycle household waste – will be the first of its kind in Russia when it is completed in 2010. Not only will it recycle 240 tons of waste a year – more than double the existing waste burning plant – but it will also categorize all waste to ensure the most effective recycling possible. The main manufacturer of the waste processing plant undertook a similar project ahead of Torino 2006 before collaborating with Sochi 2014. On top of the waste processing plant, the Sochi 2014 Zero Waste Balance project also includes plans to develop facilities that will allow for the full processing of both hard household and biological waste from across the city.

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