Sochi 2014 on track

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Residents in the 2014 Olympic host city of Sochi will benefit from a legacy of state–of–the–art infrastructure after the Winter Games, according to Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, speaking in early 2011.

The country has put aside more than $30bn for the construction of hundreds of facilities and infrastructure projects in and around Sochi, with Medvedev confirming that four Olympic venues will be moved to nearby Vladikavkaz, Rostov–on–Don, Astrakhan and Stavropol after the Games. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee Supervisory Board presented an end–of–year report in late December 2010 which covered the key areas of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's activities in the preparations for the Games. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee received high praise for introducing innovative management systems and an effective volunteers programme, funding for the Games, coordinating the preparations to the test events and introducing a range of social projects, such as 'Raising awareness about the Paralympic Games' and the Sochi 2014 mascot ideas competition. In December 2010, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee received an award from the Russian Government's Analytical Centre for its innovative approach to managing private–public partnership projects. During his speech, Alexander Zhukov, deputy prime minister of Russia, said: " This year [2010], the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has demonstrated progress in all of the 46 functional areas of activity. Innovative, technological and management solutions which have been implemented during the preparations for the Games are recognised as the new international standard by the IOC. Due to work being carried out in areas such as the developing the volunteer movement, creating a barrier–free environment and introducing 'Green' standards, we can already see the significant and lasting positive legacy the Games will provide our country. " Commenting on the achievements made during 2010, Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, noted: " The end of 2010 year marks a significant milestone for the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee. Three years ago in Guatemala, we won the right to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and we now we have exactly the same period – three years – before our magnificent event in 2014. We have passed an important point in the preparations for the Games and are now entering the phase when functions of the Organising Committee begin to test their readiness for the Games. The innovative nature of the Organising Committee has become even more apparent this year, as we launched a record amount of innovations which be recorded in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Movement and leave a lasting legacy. " The operational activities of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee have now entered a new stage in the preparation for the Games. From the start of the operational planning phase, all services will immediately begin detailed planning for the Games at the future Olympic facilities. In order to successfully complete the plans the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has developed a unique 3D–model which supports the planning of activities during the Games and considers all of the specific construction requirements of the facilities being built. The All–Russia competition for the ideas for the Games mascot is also coming to its conclusion. From opening of the mascot submission process on 1 September 2010, the Organising Committee has received over 24, 000 applications and over 1. 2m people have visited the mascot competition website. At the end of December 2010, during the meeting of the Sochi 2014 jury of experts, chaired by Konstantin Ernst, director general of the Channel One Russia, shortlisted the best ideas for the mascots. The selected inspirations for the ideas and their authors will be presented to the general public on 7 February 2011, exactly three years before the opening of the Games. In their comments regarding the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee's work during 2010, the members of the Supervisory Board highlighted the key projects implemented during the year. These included activities during the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, where the organisers of the 2014 Games conducted a presentation of the Black sea resort to guests from all over the world – Russian Sochi 2014 House became a real point of interest in Vancouver. Approximately 120, 000 people visited the venue during the 17 days it was open at the Games. Due to proximity of the Russian Sochi 2014 House to the Olympic broadcasting center in Vancouver, supporters were able to follow the competitions in real time and were the first to know the news from the Olympic venues. Olympic education programmes developed by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee have now become customary for the Olympic movement. By virtue of the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) – created following an initiative by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee by the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Olympic Committee, and ZAO 'Interros' – the 'Raising awareness about the Paralympic Games' programme was launched, with the key objective of helping to fundamentally change the attitude of Russian society to people with a disability. The RIOU will also train specialists for the Games, which will create group of national sports managers trained to international standards who are able to help deliver major international sport events. The training of volunteers for the Games, began by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in 2010, will facilitate the revival of volunteering activities in Russia. As the result of a higher educational institutions and secondary–level special educational institutions competition, volunteer training centers will be selected and begin their work in the middle of 2011. The mass recruitment of volunteers for the Sochi 2014 Games is planned for the beginning of 2012. During the training, the teams of volunteers will take part in exercises and the competitions of the 2014 Games. The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee marketing programme was also judged to be a remarkable success. The programme has attracted over $1. 1bn, a record in history of Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. During 2010, agreements with OSAO Ingosstrakh and OAO RZD were completed. A total of nine major Russian and international companies, each a leader in its area of business expertise, became domestic partners of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The success of the marketing programme allowed the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee to be fully self funding during 2010, which permits the state funds allocated in the Games budget to a used at a later period. Another major event in 2010 was the ratification of the 'Memorandum on ecological and environmental partnership' by the Sochi 2014 Partners Company, Organising Committee of the Games and the Sochi City administration. The construction of the sports facilities and infrastructure developments for the Games are being conducted in accordance with new 'green' standards, including using ecologically clean construction materials and renewable energy sources, introducing a waste management system is introduced and constantly monitoring the ecological conditions.

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