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IOC delegation visits Sochi to discuss preparation for 2014 Winter Games

IOC delegation visits Sochi to discuss preparation for 2014 Winter Games

An International Olympic Committee delegation completed its second day of meetings Tuesday with Russian officials to discuss preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.
"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," said Gilbert Felli, the IOC's executive director for the Olympics.
Sochi, on Russia's Black Sea coast, was awarded the games in July. Moscow hosted the 1980 Olympics, but Russia has never held the Winter Games.
The IOC delegation used the meetings to explain common objectives and the way it works with an Olympic organizing committee, an IOC statement said.
The meetings had "laid the basis for the next seven years of cooperation," said Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi bid committee. "The foundation of the organizing committee and the efficient transfer of knowledge that was gained through the bid phase are our main objectives in the coming days."
IOC member Vitaly Smirnov of Russia and Victor Khotochkin, vice president of the Russian Olympic Committee, attended the meetings.


Updated : 2021-07-31 13:15 GMT+08:00