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Key messages "Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi"


I. City of Sochi

  • Sochi is inhabited by approximately 400,000 people and represents over 100 nationalities. Sochi is a part of Krasnodar region which has a combined population of 5.1 million people;
  • Sochi is situated in a unique climate zone on the shore of the Black Sea, at the foot of the mountains of Krasnaya Polyana. The territory of Sochi covers 200,000 ha, including 30,000 ha of arboretums, botanic gardens and protected wilderness areas with unique flora and fauna.
  • Sochi is famous for its unique combination of Mediterranean and Alpine climate. The average thickness of snow cover in the mountainous region is 2 meters and in the winter temperatures are usually below zero, but severe frosts are rare.

II. Sochi 2014 Games

  • The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the most compact Games in the history of the Olympic Movement. For the first time in Olympic Games history, there will be a unified Olympic Park (within the Coastal Cluster) that can accommodate over 75,000 guests at a time. All ice competition venues will be located within walking distance of each other. Mountain Cluster venues will be situated in Krasnaya Polyana and it will take about 30 minutes to get there from the Olympic Park by means of a new railway line. There will be venues for snow sports, the Mountain Olympic Village, hotels and other infrastructural buildings there.
  • The XXII Olympic Winter Games will take place between February 7, 2014 and February 23, 2014 (17 days of competitions). The XI Paralympic Winter Games will take place between March 7, 2014 and March 16, 2014 (10 days of competitions). 5,500 Olympic athletes and team members from 80 countries and 1,350 Paralympic athletes and team members from 40 countries will take part in the Games. During the Games 86 sets of medals will be awarded in 7 Olympic sports and 64 sets of medals in 5 Paralympic sports.
  • 25,000 volunteers, trained at volunteer centers formed in 26 of Russia's leading higher education institutions, will work at the Games.
  • Approximately 2,800 journalists and photographers will be accredited at the Games and an estimated 3 billion TV-viewers from all over the world will watch the Sochi Games.
  • The Sochi Games will become the most innovative and the "greenest" in the modern history of the Olympic Movement:
    • Each Olympic structure accounts for ten "green" innovative solutions;
    • An innovative system of Olympic education allowing for continuous Olympic education from the primary stage up to academic level was developed;
    • A unified ID system that will enable thousands of Games guests and participants to visit sports events, obtain information about the venues , time of competitions and directions to them. There will also be special information booths which will offer guests information about shops and hotels and a smart-card system which will allow them to travel by public transport and pay for services, which was presented to the IOC;
    • A unique transportation model that enables the planning, in the present day, of all the transportation routes of the Games' guests and participants has been developed.

III. Construction

  • A total of 235 new facilities will be constructed in Sochi by 2014. 11 of these are new world class Olympic competition venues and the other 224 facilities consist of sites and venue infrastructure intended for Sochi's development as an Alpine resort;
  • As of the 30th September 2010, construction and assembly work is in progress at 107 sites. Work at all the construction sites is currently running firmly on schedule and by the end of 2012 all the competition venues for the Sochi 2014 Games will be commissioned;
  • Currently more than 20,000 persons and 2,800 items of construction machinery have been involved in the construction process. The projected labour workforce for the construction efforts will be 52,000 persons by 2011.

IV. Investments

  • Within the framework of the project, the following facilities and sites will be constructed or reconstructed:
    • 11 Competition Venues with a total capacity of 145,800 people;
    • 4 Alpine resorts with a capacity for 42,000 visitors, including 150 km of alpine skiing tracks;
    • over 367.3 km of roads and bridges, over 201 km of railway lines, 22 tunnels;
    • 210 km of intermediate and low pressure gas pipelines and a high pressure gas pipeline from Dzhubga to Sochi that is 174 km long, including 151 km of underwater piping;
    • 5 Thermal power plants, 18 electric power substations with a total power capacity of over 1208 MW and over 550 km of overhead transmission lines;
    • over 690 km of engineering networks, sewage treatment facilities with a performance output of 255,000 sq m per day;
    • over 100 hotels and accommodation facilities with a capacity of 27,100 rooms;
    • 74 education, healthcare, culture, physical training and sports venues;
    • 566 houses and 967,400 sq m of new roads and pavements, 33 parking lots and multi-storey car parks.
  • All the venues and facilities necessary for staging the Sochi 2014 Games are constructed on principles of public private partnership, ensured by respective items of the federal budget, providing guaranteed financing. The estimated cost of construction of the Olympic venues and infrastructure in Sochi for the Games of 2014 is 195.3 billion rubles, including 80 billion rubles of state funds. The remaining funds are private investments. Support of the Russian Federation Government guarantees that all commitments will be fulfilled in full and on time.
  • To implement large-scale programs of public private partnership dealing with the construction of Olympic venues and infrastructure as well as the innovative development of Sochi as a year-round Alpine resort a number of state corporations and autonomous non-commercial organizations were established. These include:
    • SC Olympstroy - implements the program which attracts private and state investments in the construction of Olympic venues and infrastructure and the innovative development of Sochi as a year-round alpine resort. More specifically, SC Olympstroy carries out the design, construction or reconstruction of venues, organizes the functioning of Olympic venues, holds tenders, and monitors the progress of Olympic venue construction and the performance of related activities.
    • Transport Directorate of the Olympic Games - established to organize the supervision and control of the design and construction of transport infrastructure facilities, the progress of materials and equipment delivery and the conveyance of passengers during the preparation and staging of the Games, with further functioning thereof for the benefit of the Alpine resort.
  • The largest investments in Olympic projects were made by Basel, Gazprom, Interros, Russian Railways, Rosneft, Rostelecom and Sberbank. Each sponsor is financing its own portion of construction. The key creditor of the private investors in the Olympic venues is Vnesheconombank (VEB).
  • Suppliers of goods and services for the implementation of investment projects are selected by means of open tenders. Following the concept of maximum transparency and openness of the tender procedures, all the tenders' results are posted on the Internet with an open access.
  • Many international companies are taking part in the implementation of Olympic projects. This concerns design, construction, and development, in particular:
    • Leading international design and architectural bureaux, such as Ecosign Mountain Resort Planners Ltd, Kranebitter Stil Pfaffenhofen-Tirola, Bernhard Russi, ILF Beratende Ingenieure ZT, Danzl and Partners, SMC Masterconcept Consulting, Kohlbecker Architekten & Ingenieure, DGA (Diener Guirrard Architectes).
    • Leading international equipment supply and the technical maintenance of Alpine resorts, such as Doppelmayr Seilbahnen, SMI Snow Makers Inc., GazEx, Poma Group, Dianeige.

V. Games Budget

  • Budgets for the construction of Olympic competition venues should be clearly separated from those allocated to the functional facilities supporting these venues as well as to the development of Sochi's Alpine resort. Large scale investments into Sochi and Krasnodar region's development project are not part of the Olympic budget.
  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games 2014 budget is approaching 2 billion USD, which corresponds to the average level of spending for previous Games. Some examples from the international scene are: Torino 2006 Organizing Committee's budget reached 1,7 billion, Salt Lake City 2002 Organizing Committee's budget reached $ 1,32 billion, Nagano 1998 Organizing Committee's budget reached $ 2 billion.
  • Over 80% of the Games' budget comes from the unique marketing programme carried out by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, as well as from the IOC marketing programme. The remaining funds are provided by the Federal budget, according to the commitments taken by the Russian Federation in regards to the IOC during the Olympic bidding phase.
  • January 2009 and the present day, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has raised over $ 1 billion in funding projects and signed contracts through its marketing programme. This has allowed the Organizing Committee to self-finance its projects throughout 2009-2010 and to put off the use of government subsidies until a later date. If the Organizing Committee's revenues exceed its expenditure, this will result in a budget surplus. 60% of this surplus will be used for the promotion of sport in the country, 20% will be handed over to the IOC and the remaining 20% to Russia's Olympic Committee.
  • Sochi 2014 is the first Organizing Committee to follow the IOC's financial guidelines. Following the concept of maximum transparency and openness, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee submits an annually updated copy of its budget to the IOC's experts (from 2011 this will be done quarterly and from 2012 monthly).
  • Every year the companies, involved in the implementation of Olympic project, including SC Olympstroy and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee present their financial reports for activities during the year.

VI. Games Partners

  • The concept of exclusive possibilities is the foundation of the marketing programme of the Olympic movement. Sochi 2014 partners obtain unique marketing and communication opportunities to promote their products and services during the preparation and hosting of the Games, they can pursue integration and cross-marketing projects and gain access to target audiences throughout the world.
  • Presently, the following companies feature among local Sochi 2014 Partners:

    Aeroflot, MegaFon, Rostelecom, Rosneft, Volkswagen Group Rus, Russian Railways, BoscoSPORT and Ingosstrakh. Some of the worldwide partners of the IOC, such as Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, Dow Chemical, Omega, Panasonic, Procter & Gamble, Samsung and Visa, have also signed contracts for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.

  • Sponsors for the Sochi Games are selected through a competition, within specified categories, held according to the International Olympic Committee's recommendations. Potential sponsors can file their applications for the Sochi 2014 sponsor competition on the Organizing Committee's website www.sochi2014.com, under the section "Sponsorship".
  • Through the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee's website www.sochi2014.com one can also apply for the Licensing programme and become one of Sochi 2014's licensees in any of the 13 categories: from packaging materials to cuff-links and jewellery. The selection process for sponsors and licensees is fully transparent and is available on the official website of the Organizing Committee.

VI. The Olympic Legacy

  • The Olympic and Paralympic Games will favour the development of the city of Sochi, the Krasnodar region and the whole of Russia. The sports, engineering and transport infrastructures created and renovated for the 2014 Games are essential for improving the quality of life of Sochi residents, as well as for the social and economic development of the Krasnodar region.
  • The 2014 Games will help transform Sochi from a place known to Russians as almost exclusively a summer resort, into a year-round resort of the highest international rank. Sochi will become an example of sustainable development for other Russian cities.
  • The 2014 Games will help create the first international winter sports resort in Russia, which will later be used as a training centre for Russian athletes as well as for international competitions.
  • The sports venues will be used widely after the Games. Some of the venues will be transformed into exhibition halls, concert halls and other entities after the Games, thus improving the quality of life of Sochi residents.
  • According to the programme for the creation of a barrier-free environment, approved by the Russian Federation's Government, the Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi will promote the active integration of people with disabilities into mainstream life in Russian society. New standards of city planning will be set in Russia, since the construction of all sports venues and infrastructure will meet the needs of people with disabilities.
  • To preserve the unique nature of the region during the construction of Olympic venues in Sochi, for the first time in Russia a system of "green" standards will be used. Sochi will set an example for other Russian cities on the management of a city's environment, which includes the recycling of solid waste and sewage management, air quality improvement measures, etc.
  • One of the examples of the Games' legacy is the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), a unique higher education institution that will help train a new generation of highly-qualified sports managers to an international level.

VII. Ecology

  • The Preparation for the Games in Sochi is being carried out in accordance with the stringent requirements of Russian environmental legislation, the standards and regulations of the IOC, and taking into account the suggestions and recommendations of environmental organizations. Currently there are already 54 Olympic venues which have received approval from a government environmental inspection. Since the beginning of the year workers from Rosprirodnadzor and Rostekhnadzor have conducted more than 80 inspections of the Olympic structures.
  • Environmental support for the preparation of the 2014 Games is being supervised at the highest federal level. The Government of the Russian Federation has approved a special Programme of activities for environmental support of the preparations and hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. The programme provides for full compliance with a set of obligations to protect the environment which were presented during the bidding stage: the formation of a network of specially protected natural zones, the protection of rare species of plants and animals, and measures for protecting the cleanliness of air and water, hydro-meteorological support and ecological monitoring.
  • The Sochi 2014 Environmental Strategy encompasses three stages of implementing the Olympic project: Preparation of the Games, their hosting and the post-Games period. Strategy includes the following components: Games in Harmony with Nature, Climate Neutral Games, Zero Waste Games, and Enlightenment Games. In the framework of the IX International Investment Forum "Sochi-2010" in September 2010, the Sochi City Administration and the Sochi 2014 Partners ratified a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of ecology and environmental protection. The environmental initiatives of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and the project partners are implemented in all areas of the Sochi 2014 Environmental Programme.
  • Issues of environmental protection have become a priority in the design and construction of Olympic infrastructure. During the construction a system of "green" LEED and BREAM standards was adopted which use innovative technology for the collection, recycling and re-use of waste (the "Zero Waste" principle).
  • Adhering to the "green standards" concept is a contractual obligation for investors and contractors of SC Olympstroy. Construction is performed using ecologically clean materials. Purchased goods must be approved in advance in accordance with environmental requirements in respect to energy consumption equipment. At venues, satellite observation systems for facilitating constant environmental monitoring are being installed.
  • Each Olympic structure accounts for ten "green" innovative solutions. Projects for Olympic facilities include providing innovative technologies in energy and resource usage (systems of heat recovery, water recycling and rainwater utilization, technology for dual-functioning heating / cooling, energy efficient lighting, etc.). 10 venues for Olympic construction must pass the mandatory certification for compliance with the international "green" LEED and BREAM standards.
  • The Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee is in active talks with leading world experts on the protection of the environment and "green" construction. One of these is UNEP (the United Nations Programme on Environmental Protection. The partnership with UNEP was initiated by the construction organizers so that monitoring of projects could be carried out using international expertise.); WWF (World Wildlife Fund), Greenpeace and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Ecological programmes of Sochi 2014 are aimed at the protection of rare flora and fauna species, the improvement of water and forest sites and at increasing environmental responsibility in the country.
  • The Sochi 2014 Partners are implementing a program of compensatory measures in areas of Olympic construction. Compensatory planting of tens of thousands of trees and several hundred actions to preserve the unique biodiversity of the natural habitat of the region (of which 122 in 2010 only) were held within its framework.
  • New infrastructure will be built within the preparation for the 2014 Games; these will help improve the ecological situation in the region - a new waste-processing complex will be built with a capacity of 200,000 tons of waste per year, as well as a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 255,000 m³ per day.

VIII. Safety

  • Safety of Sochi's guests is one of the state's obligations. All state services are working closely together to ensure a thoroughly coordinated safety effort.
  • The complex security system has been drawn out in cooperation with leading international experts in this field (including the IOC) and it fully meets all requirements on safety and security at events on such a scale.
  • All necessary safety measurements will be taken during the preparations for and the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Safety measures for the Olympic venues' construction have been implemented (materials and equipment monitoring, safety requirements for the design of the venues' engineering networks). The Sochi Olympic Park area will be the most heavily protected zone, since due to the focus of the Games it will be become the centre of the Olympics, and thus the place with the largest crowds. A high-security fence will be constructed around its perimeter.