Sochi Visits London

A team representing the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi has arrived in the British capital with the declared goal of using the London Games to test their plans for the organisation of their own event in two years.

Employees of the Organising Committee are expecting to gain Olympic experience, along with representatives of ministries and agencies involved in the preparation for the Games in Sochi. Visitors include ‘the golden hundred’ Sochi 2014 volunteers who include representatives from 14 Russian regions and are already working as part of a team of London 2014 organisers. In total, more than 300 people from Sochi will have visited London by the end of the Games, ensuring that they acquire unique practical knowledge about the organisation and staging of an Olympic Games.

Approximately 200 Russians, including employees of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, together with representatives from various Sochi and Krasnodar municipal service organisations will work as part of the IOC Observer Programme. Working visits to all the key Olympic venues are planned for the Sochi 2014 observers as well as sessions and seminars in areas such as: Games Management, Organisation of Client Services at the Games, Brand Protection and Management, Venues Operation at the Olympic Villages, Ceremonies, Communications and Press Operations, Legacy and Sustainability.

Additionally, some Sochi 2014 Organising Committee employees are going through training with LOCOG, a training period that will last from two to five months. This period will include both training and direct staging for the Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the Post-Games Time.

Sochi 2014 Organising Committee employees are involved in various roles alongside LOCOG: Logistics, Venue Management, Village Management, Transport, Accommodation, NOC/NPC Services, Event Services, Uniforms, Cleaning, Waste removal and many others.

The president of Sochi 2014, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted: "As soon as the London Games are over, attention of the sports community will turn to Sochi. We are next in line – so the Games in London will become a platform for our team to gain knowledge and experience and to test the existing plans. I have no doubt that the Games in London will be a great success so our task will be to make the most of this excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience.”

Representatives from Rio 2016 are also attending the Games on a knowledge-building mission.

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