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Sochi inaugural F1 race
The world’s newest Formula 1 racetrack has been unveiled at the former Winter Olympics site in Sochi, which will host Russia’s first ever Grand Prix on October 12 2014.
The track, near landmark Olympics sites, cost about $200 million to make, and can accommodate up to 50,000 people.
“This won’t be just a showpiece. The track will be open all year round, and anyone with a car is welcome to test themselves on the track. We are also establishing a school for young drivers – so we are open for everyone.”
Another top-tier track - just like Sochi, designed by Hermann Tilke - Formula 1’s favored designer, has been built outside Moscow.
Sochi is ready
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev announced that Sochi is ready to take the Olympics.
"Almost all objects are ready and have passed a serious test... In general, everything works. We must be absolutely sure of the strict implementation of government guarantees of the Russian Federation for the preparation and delivery of the Games" - Medvedev said at a government meeting.
He noted that after the Olympics Sochi will be converted into a modern world-class year-round resort.
"It is necessary that the city after the Olympics has become a modern world-class year-round resort, in fact, our main tourist center - a center of tourism, recreation and sports" - said the head of government.
The government reports the cost of the Olympics in Sochi totaled 214 billion rubles (6.5 billion U.S. dollars), almost half of it from the budget. Another estimate is at least $50 billion was spent, including infrastructure work in and around Sochi.
2014 Olympics will be held from 7 to 23 February.
Olympic Sochi Map
Olympic Park Coastal Cluster on the coast of the Black Sea
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Sochi completes pre-Olympic tests
Sochi completes pre-Olympic tests of sport facilities. Organizers say that the tests were successful, and minor tweaks still necessary.
The Olympic Games start less than in 200 days, but it is now clear that there will be no empty seats during the Winter Games in Russia. Even at the test events all tickets sold out immediately. It turns out that Russian viewers are ready to go to great lengths to support the games.
Nearly 100,000 spectators visited the Olympic sites in Sochi since the beginning of the year. European and World Championships were held in ski resorts and ice arenas.
It is a dress rehearsal for the Olympics. In the south of Russia there are now 11 new world-class sports facilities. The colossal arena of the the Big Ice Palace will be able to accommodate 12,000 spectators.
Sochi has changed with new buildings and the roads, driving around town you realize that this is the capital of the Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee has required that over 40,000 hotel rooms be available for participants and guests in the Sochi area, and Sochi 2014 is meeting this demand. These hotels are operated under well-known international hotel brands: Radisson, Park Inn, Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott, to mention a few.
The test period is over successfully, the management systems and infrastructure withstood the test. There is still a lot of work to be done before the Olympics begin.
Olympics 2014 in Sochi will be the largest in the history of the Winter Games. During the 17 days athletes will compete for 98 sets of medals, to a daily audience of up to 120,000. Judging by the results of the test Sochi will be ready for it.
Sochi infrastructure is 99% ready
Head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says Sochi's infrastructure is almost ready.
"I am confident that everything will be done in time"- said Jaques Rogge of the IOC. For his part, he promised to support and assist in the preparation of the 2014 Olympics until the end of his term as president of the IOC in 2013.
"I will continue to rally for Sochi until September next year - until the end of my term. Same with Rio. It's not a question of personal preferences - is a matter of duty," - he explained.
Russian Olympic Committee said Russia will try to learn from the organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, mainly to avoid problems with transportation, and expressed need to pay special attention to the training of volunteers.
Results of the Kuban forum "Sochi-2011"
The Tenth International Investment Forum "Sochi-2011" culminated with authorities of the region signing 295 agreements worth 429.5 billion rubles (over 13.5 billion US$) said the press service of the Administration of Krasnodar Region.
Within the framework of "Sochi-2011" administration of the Krasnodar region has signed 43 agreements worth about 147.5 billion rubles. Heads of municipalities in conjunction with the executive power - 252 agreements totaling about 282 billion rubles.
Sochi is the most visited city in the region in 2010
Russia's prime tourist resort and the host of the 2014 Olympic Games — Sochi is the most visited city in the region with 4.3 million tourists from Russia and abroad in 2010.
Black Sea tourism and 2014 Winter Olympics provide big investment boost for Krasnodar region, the volume of investments into Krasnodar Krai increased by 23.4% in the first 9 months of 2010 to over 317.4 billion rubles ($10.5 billion).
In addition to a multitude of sport venues a Formula One racing track will be built Sochi, as Russia is preparing to host Grand Prix Races in 2014.
Full-steam ahead for Sochi Olympics
The 2014 Winter Olympics may seem a long way off, but the host city – Russia's most famous subtropical resort of Sochi – is still little more than a massive construction site.
A massive construction campaign started in the city itself, and in the neighboring mountain resort of Krasnaya Polyana, to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. Dozens of sites are to be developed including hotels, the Olympic village, an ice rink, a stadium and Curling center. Besides the venues, the campaign involves the construction of new power lines, communication networks, tunnels, bridges and transportation routes.
Despite the financial crisis work building Olympic sites is going on as planned, and even ahead of schedule. The future Olympics are seen as a very important event for Sochi, the Russia's most famous subtropical resort. The organizers are certain that if everything goes as planned the 2014 Winter Olympics will be an unforgettable experience for sports fans worldwide.
Sochi’s newly-elected mayor: “Sochi will be the face of Russia”
Sochi’s newly-elected mayor Anatoly Pakhomov says the city will be ready for the 2014 Olympics no matter what. He added that with the election over, he would put his efforts into campaigns to promote the resort.
Anatoly Pakhomov: - "I am satisfied with the results. Sochi residents chose the candidate with a realistic program, a program suggested by the United Russia party, supported by the Russian government, the President, and the governor of Krasnodar region Anatoly Tkachev.
I am convinced that Sochi residents support the Olympics, they want Sochi to become an Olympic city. Sochi residents want their city to become a friendly environment for living and the best resort city in the world. And these were the objectives they wanted me to have."
And the mayor has facts to back his words. Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer's pledge made on April 21st in Moscow is a good example. The software giant would invest $300 million in Russia projects over the next three years on programs like climate change studies and support for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The new master plan for Sochi
Moscow State Institute of Urban Design has finished development of a master plan for the development of city-resort of Sochi. This new master plan was developed in compliance with all environmental protection activities and requirements associated with the living conditions of the population. The master plan does not include construction of tall buildings in the city of Sochi.
The main development of Sochi will be moved to the coastal territory in the foothills. According to the developers, it will allow greater use of the potential of the territory as a resort - construction of several hotels, parks, infrastructure and roads.
Sochi 2014 prepares for safe and secure Winter Olympic Games
Sochi welcomed a group of the world’s leading police officers as part of the commitment to hosting the Winter Olympic Games underpinned by innovative and reliable security measures. The experienced specialists will enhance Sochi 2014's already well developed security preparation by sharing their experience of policing major sporting events.
Already one of the most secure places in Southern Europe, Sochi welcomes over four million tourists a year, is home to a Residence for the President of the Russian Federation, and stages a number of high profile international events. In recent years the city has successfully hosted the visit of US President and staged the Russia-EU Summit.
Artificial isle to be built near Sochi
The Krasnodar regional government approved the construction of a 155 billion ruble ($6.3 billion) artificial island off the coast of the Black Sea resort of Sochi, according to a statement released last week. A local government council concluded that the project, known as Federation Island, would have a "positive effect on the economy of Sochi and the region," developer M-Industria said Thursday.
Abu Dhabi-based Allied Business Consultants will fund the project, designed by Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat. M-Industria heads a group of Russian and foreign companies with experience in building artificial islands in the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and Singapore.
Federation Island is a 330 hectares artificial archipelago, located off the coast of Sochi, in the Russian Black Sea. The archipelago offers residences, hotels, cultural, leisure and recreational facilities.
Federation Island will be built in the shape of Russia and reflects the country's major geographical features. The Russian river network is used as a reference for the island's waterways; the high mountains inspire the island relief.
The Russia-shaped island is part of preparations to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Russia has committed more than $12 billion for the Winter Games. The developer plans to sign an agreement with the Krasnodar government and will start construction in the second quarter of this year. The island is due for completion in 2013.
The Federation Council will discuss the law on Winter Olympics in Sochi
The Federation Council or Russia is set to discuss the federal law on the organization and conduct of XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Profile committees recommended that the House approve the document.
The Act defines specifics of advertising and trade activities during the games, simplified entry and exit of participants of the Games in Russia, the granting of land for the construction of sports facilities. The document contains provisions for seizure of land and other real estate property for the construction of Olympic facilities.
Introduced the possibility for the President of Russia to set a special security regime for the time of the Olympics, which includes the establishment of controlled and exclusion zones within the territory, restrictions on the entry and temporary stay, as well as residence of citizens, restrictions of the movements of vehicles, aircraft flights over the territory, public activities not related to the games, enhancing the protection of public order.
The document provides for the release of the Organizing Committee of Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the organizations that directly and indirectly involved from paying taxes: property, income, value added, vehicles.
The right to seize land for the construction of Olympic facilities granted only in Krasnodar region, only in the area of construction of these facilities, and only until in 2014. The Act stipulates that citizens will receive compensation for the plots, which are privately owned.
Also entered clear notice requirements for waivers of land, which will be valued at market value, as well as the duty to organize the Krasnodar Territory Administration to receive citizens on all the questions concerning the seizure of land.
International Investment Forum "Sochi-2007"
International Investment Forum "Sochi-2007" has been a great success and attracted over eight thousand people, including members of the media and participants in the exhibition. The forum was attended by leaders of five foreign delegations, including seven ministers, one Deputy Prime Minister, one Secretary of State and 18 Ambassadors; 4 acting ministers and 2 acting Vice-Premiers of Russia government, 38 heads of subjects of the Russian Federation, some 50 heads of major Russian and foreign companies and 800 media representatives.
The total exhibition area of more than 40 thousand square meters featured 39 Russian regions and 200 individual companies. At the forum there were signed 169 investment agreements and protocols of intent totaling 560 billion rubles, or 22,2 billion dollars.
In addition, 9 agreements totaling 1,12 billion dollars were signed during Fourth Russian - Chinese Investment Forum, held in Sochi on 20 September.
Greenpeace urges changes to Sochi 2014
The environmental group Greenpeace urged the organizers of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia to move the planned construction venues and Olympic village because they could damage a unique natural site. Greenpeace said under current plans those venues for Sochi 2014, as well as associated tourism facilities, would be built in the protective belt of the Caucasus Nature Reserve, which is part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. UNESCO describes the Western Caucasus area as "one of the few large mountain areas of Europe that has not experienced significant human impact."
Greenpeace Russia said: "We foresee a lot of problems that could be created if this construction starts." "We tried to explain to the government that the Olympic movement likes to be environmentally friendly, and those unique places will be destroyed with Olympic construction. That is not in line with the principles of the Olympic movement." It also raised concerns about the environmental impact of road construction, a planned hydroelectric power station, and the intensity of the work needed to build Sochi 2014 from scratch.
A ream of legislative changes introduced over the past year had softened rules about national parks and the surrounding "buffer zone", and brought about boundary changes mainly to suit Sochi's Olympic bid. "It was impossible before the changes in legislation to construct anything like sports facilities or infrastructure on the territories of the national parks," he explained. "We're asking the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to push the Russian government to explain the need to change the legislation in those places." A spokeswoman for the Lausanne-based IOC confirmed that it had invited Greenpeace representatives, as well as other groups, to meet Olympic officials who are due in Russia from August 27. Greenpeace Russia underlined that they did not oppose Sochi 2014 as whole.
hotel will be built in downtown Sochi
A super modern hotel complex - Sochi-Plaza will be built in the center of Sochi. It will be built at the site of the current Moskva Hotel that had been designed 40 years ago. Several design projects of the new complex will be submitted to the city public, administration and the municipal assembly for consideration this autumn. However, facilities that will be included in its infrastructure can be named already now – a five-star hotel with 300 rooms, a congress center, office premises, apartment complex, shopping and entertainment center, cinema, swimming pool with a beach and underground parking.
The hotel complex which will receive first tourists in 2012 is included in the general plan of reconstruction and development of the resort city and has been supported at the federal level. Its creation is envisioned by the federal target-oriented program “the development of Sochi as a mountain climate resort” (2006-2014).
Owing to its central location Sochi-Plaza is to become a true decoration of the city, one of its new symbols. Russian Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref stressed that Sochi “should totally changes its old appearance and become a new, modern and convenient city for living of the European level, and a mountain climate resort”, and that the State Olympic Corporation will be created on the federal state unitary enterprise basis.
In the words of the minister, the state corporation will perform the functions of the ordering customer of the construction of Olympic infrastructure facilities, and is planned to be established before the end of the current year.
billion needed to improve Sochi transport by 2014 Winter Olympics
Over $7.3 billion will be needed to completely modernize the transport infrastructure of Sochi by 2014, when the Russian Black Sea resort will host the Winter Olympic Games, transport officials said. According to the Transport Ministry, infrastructure development will be funded through the 2006-2014 federal targeted program to develop Sochi, which has a $12 billion budget.
With some 1.2 million people expected to travel to the city for the 2014 games, some flights will be redirected to nearby airports in Krasnodar, Rostov, Gelendzhik and Mineralnye Vody, which will have comfortable high-speed train links to Sochi, a project that will cost around $650 million. The Transport Ministry suggests that over $320 million should be earmarked for design and construction work on Sochi's port infrastructure, and additional $580 was needed for road construction in the city.
German Gref, the minister of economic development and trade, said Tuesday that a state Olympic corporation would be set up to build sports facilities and infrastructure in Sochi. The corporation will be formed in November-December this year and a new law, to be prepared by September, will regulate its activities.
In accordance with the federal target-oriented program, during seven years the federal budget will transfer for these purposes 185.8 billion rubles, and the regional and municipal budgets - 9.2 billion rubles. Gref also said that practically all key personnel decisions have already been made. “I’d rather not name all the persons,” the official said adding that “all key personnel decisions in the state corporation and organizing committee have already been made.”
The official also said that the draft Olympic law, necessary for hosting the 2014 Winter Olympic Games by Russia, would be considered at the government meeting in September. Gref explained that this document includes standard requirements of the International Olympic Committee to countries hosting the Olympic Games.
has been selected to host
The International Olympic Committee elects Sochi as the host city of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in 2014. Sochi 2014 Chief Executive Officer today thanked the International Olympic Committee after winning the race to host the Olympic Winter Games in 2014.
The vote went to the 2nd round and Sochi eventually came through after Salzburg was eliminated in the first round, followed by Pyeongchang in the second.
"We are overjoyed! This is one of the most important days in Russia’s history," says an official press release, "Russia will now put its greatest strengths at the service of the Sochi 2014 Games. Sophisticated, ambitious and visionary, Sochi 2014 will truly be a 21st Century Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games".
This is going to be the first time that Russia will be hosting the Winter Olympics. Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, but that was in former USSR, and over 60 countries boycotted the Olympics over the war in Afghanistan.
2.5 thousand years ago
Sochi had Olympics
Sochi 2.5 thousand years ago had the Olympic Games, this can be concluded from the archaeological excavations conducted at the river Mzymta, according to Sochi archaeological museum, and recently published scientific work. A monograph devoted to ancient times narrates the history of the Olympic movement in the Krasnodar region, said television "Rossia". The territory of the modern Black and Azov sea during the ancient Hellenic times was one cultural space with Greece.
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