It seems that somebody has breathed new life into the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. A large-scale construction is coming to an end there. Many new sports facilities and ice palaces and stadiums have appeared in the city. Although the coastal zone of Sochi continues to resemble a construction site, one can see the capital of the upcoming Olympics in all its brilliance. The city square where six years ago thousands of city dwellers gathered to welcome the decision of the Olympic Committee on Sochi’s hosting the Winter Olympics is unrecognizable today. A Sochi resident, Valentina Gorovaya, says:
"The preparations for the Sochi Olympics are currently underway. We can see how transport, communal, social, and infrastructure facilities are being built in the city. Work is also being done to build new roads and bridges. The majority of them has already been built. Some of the Sochi residents have visited the sports palaces of the Sochi Olympic Park and the alpine resorts where the competitions will be held in February and March of 2014. I am proud that Sochi will be the capital of the 2014 Winter Olympics."
Sochi is experiencing infrastructure renewal: there have appeared new roads, pedestrian zones and barrier-free environment for people with limited possibilities there. All of them are meeting the high world standards, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko says.
"Sochi is an example for other Russian cities to follow – meaning the accessibility of the Sochi infrastructure for the disabled. And one more thing here. New standards - international affordable environment standards – will become obligatory for Russia."
The Sochi Olympics will enable the people in Russia not only to demonstrate Russia’s technical and organizing potential to the whole world. Sochi will become a basic site for the future sports competitions and victories. The unique geographical situation of Sochi and its mild climate make it possible to cover practically all types of sports and to train in winter and summer. 44 universal sports grounds are already being used in Sochi now. Seven new sports schools, 13 Olympic reserve schools and two Olympic training centres have opened in Sochi. Which means that serious work has been done and that it will undoubtedly bear fruit, Sochi’s Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says.
"Not only multi-functional winter sports palaces have been built but also numerous municipal sports grounds have been created for the Sochi residents. As you can see, exercise equipment and training devices which the local residents can use on a free-of-charge basis have been placed in public gardens."
Although there are just six months to go until the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, one can say with absolute certainty that Sochi is looking forward to the Winter Olympic Games. 5,000 city dwellers say that they are ready to help all those who will arrive in Sochi. They took pains to study foreign languages and the history of the Olympic movement, and created a sporting glory museum in Sochi. "We acquired a great experience at the Kazan Universiade," Head of the Volunteer Training Centre "Forward" Sergei Cheremshanov said.
"During the Sochi Olympics 2014 our volunteers will service the events, both the opening and closing ceremonies, and athlete accommodation. Besides, they will carry out the management of the Olympic Village."
Some days ago President of the International Ski Federation Gian –Franco Kasper said that Russia’s efforts in hosting the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be unprecedented and of course, a great success. Neither the organizers nor the participants have any doubts on that score.
Voice of Russia