Sochi 2014: Laying The Foundations For Successful Games
Speaking at the end of the day and a half of meetings in Moscow, Gilbert Felli said, “Since we had our first meeting with the Sochi team on the morning after their election as the host city for 2014, they have done a great job of setting the wheels in motion to get the Sochi 2014 project underway.” He continued, “Thanks to this early progress, we have had a day and a half of very productive meetings with Dmitry Chernyshenko and the Sochi team, as well as with the representatives of the government bodies involved in the Games project. This first encounter has laid the foundations for our work together on this exciting project over the next seven years, as we look to ensure that the athletes will be able to compete in the best possible conditions at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.”
Felli’s comments were echoed by Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO of the Sochi 2014 Bid Committee, who commented, “Together with the IOC delegation, we have laid the basis for the next seven years of cooperation. The foundation of the Organising Committee and the efficient transfer of knowledge that was gained through the bid phase are our main objectives in the coming days. We believe that by starting to work with the IOC early, we will be able to create a highly effective Games management process, which will put us on the right track to the best Winter Games experience ever.”
The day and a half of meetings, which were also attended by IOC member Vitaly Smirnov and Victor A. Khotochkin - the Executive First Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee - looked at technical elements of the relationship between the IOC and Sochi 2014, including key aspects of the Games organisation, common objectives for the IOC and the Organising Committee, the structure of a Coordination Commission, the IOC’s Games-management process, logistics for the next visit of the IOC to Sochi, the development of the Master Schedule for the Sochi Games and a look at Sochi 2014’s current progress.