IPC visits Sochi

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Representatives from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) were in Sochi on 26 and 27 May 2011 for the fourth Project Review with the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee.

Led by IPC Paralympic Games senior manager Thanos Kostopoulos, the IPC delegation received updates on various topics including Barrier Free Environment, Paralympic Awareness and Inclusiveness programmes as well as Accommodation, Marketing, Ticketing, Look of the Games, the Paralympic Sport Programme and Paralympic Test Event calendar. In addition, two venue tours took place, a city venue tour where the IPC representatives had the chance to discover the City of Sochi and an accommodation venue tour where the IPC observed the construction progress of the various accommodation sites. Sochi 2014 also presented its plans for the 1, 000 days to go celebrations set for 11 June with events being staged in Sochi as well as in Moscow. At the Project Review the IPC discussed with Sochi City Administration the implementation of the Barrier Free Environment programme which will make the Sochi region a showcase model for the Russian Federation. The IPC also met with Romanets Irina Vasilievna, the Sochi City deputy mayor who is the head of the social care department and three heads of Sochi districts (Central, Khosta, Adler), to review the progress and discuss further action. Two days prior to the Project Review Russias deputy prime minister Dmitri Kozak met with the mayor of Sochi, Anatoly Pakhomov, representatives of the Russian Paralympic Committee and representatives of Sochi 2014 in Sochi to review the level of accessibility of the Sochi International Airport and the city of Sochi. Kostopoulos, said: The IPC is inspired with the on–going progress made by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and we greatly appreciate their dedication and support to the Paralympic Games preparations. We highly value the very good co–operation with our colleagues from Sochi 2014 and the intensive work they invest at all levels. The first International Olympic Committee (IOC) Project Review of 2011 came to an end in Sochi the day before the IPC Review. Meetings and presentations around the key areas of Games organisation were held within the framework of this visit. During these meetings the IOC delegation underlined the achievements of Sochi 2014 in Games planning and the creation of the Games management team, observing that Sochi is making good progress towards hosting successful Games. IOC representatives listened to reports covering all the key areas of the Organising Committees activities, i. e. workforce recruitment and training, competition and non–competition venue construction, specific aspects of Olympic Park operations, athletes and stakeholder accommodation, the Games transport model, and many other subjects all of which will leave the athletes and the Games–time visitors with a positive impression of this unique festival of sports. The significant progress of the Organising Committee was emphasised by the IOC, and they were particularly impressed with the good level of pre–Games operational planning, which is allowing the Olympic project to be developed to the highest standards. During the meeting, the environment and sustainability was also examined. The IOC heard updates on how Sochi 2014 is approaching different environmental issues and how the work was being undertaken. The Sochi Games will no doubt leave a positive legacy to Russia in this domain, with some initiatives being undertaken in the country for the first time.

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