Under the leadership of IOC Member and Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC’s Coordination Commission for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will visit the Russian host city this week for its second full visit. The Commission will spend two days (13-14 May) hearing from the Sochi Organising Committee and its partners about their progress since the Commission’s visit last year.
Sport at the Heart
During the visit, the Commission will examine a number of areas of Games preparations, such as sport, athletes’ services, construction, infrastructure, transport, marketing and technology. As always, Paralympic Games preparations will also be an important area of discussion throughout the week. This visit will also see the International Olympic Winter Federations attend part of the Coordination Commission, showing that even at this early stage of the project, sport is central in the thinking of the Games organisers.
Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007. Sochi won the vote against the cities of Salzburg (Austria) and PyeongChang (Republic of Korea) in the second round of voting. The Russian city edged out PyeongChang 51 votes to 47, with Salzburg having been eliminated in round one. The Sochi Games will play host to the seven Olympic Winter sports currently on the Olympic programme and will run from 7 to 23 February 2014.