Sochi 2014 to Provide Outstanding and Tailored Games
Bregenz, Austria, May 17, 2007 – In attendance at the 70th AIPS Anniversary Congress today, a top Sochi 2014 Bid delegation addressed the AIPS members with a presentation that stressed the Bid’s commitment to fulfilling the needs and expectations of all constituencies in their quest to deliver outstanding Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The Sochi 2014 delegation in Austria included Russian IOC Member and four-time Olympic Champion (Swimming) Alexander Popov, Reigning Olympic Champion (Speed Skating) Svetlana Zhurova, Russian journalist and AIPS Vice President Nikolay Dolgopolov, and Sochi 2014 Communications & Marketing Director Andrey Braginski.
While Popov highlighted the strong government support behind Russia’s bid, Braginski outlined Sochi’s compact and innovative plan that maximizes the comfort and convenience for athletes, spectators, and the Olympic Family. Zhurova took the opportunity to address the crowd as a reigning Olympic Champion, stressing the important legacy that Sochi will leave to the future of Russian winter sport through the creation of the country’s first international quality winter sport training and competition center.
Also addressing the AIPS Congress, Dolgopolov highlighted how the Games in Sochi will be among the most convenient and streamlined Olympic Winter Games in history for the media. Olympic media traveling to Sochi for the Games will benefit from not requiring a visa, accreditation upon arrival at the new terminal of Sochi’s International Airport and short travel times to their four-star accommodation in either the coastal or mountain cluster.
The Sochi 2014 state-of-the-art Main Media Center, located at the heart of the Olympic Park, will accommodate media around the clock in spacious and comfortable work areas and will be within a 5-minute walk to any of the Ice Venues. The mountain cluster will likewise boast a convenient media sub-center and nearby hotels of four-star caliber. Wireless internet coverage will extend from the MMC to include transport and all accommodation, with the Sochi region providing the highest level broadband and satellite systems for instant communication around the world.
Addressing the media, Dolgopolov testified to Sochi 2014’s special care for them during their stays in Sochi, commenting:
“The whole operation will be run by an international media operations staff with international expertise and customer service at their core. You will be their customers. In short, Sochi 2014 will have your professional and personal interests at the center of all these plans.”
As part of Sochi 2014’s Games plan, accredited media will not need visas to travel to the Winter Games in Sochi. In addition, Olympic media in attendance at Sochi 2014 will not be subject to a minimum stay requirement.