IOC: Works in Sochi goes according to plan, rapidly

Construction of facilities for the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is impressive pace, said Wednesday the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Last year, the head of the IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi Jean-Claude Killy, Russian officials warned that delays in construction may threaten the ambitious plans for the 2014 Olympics, which involve the construction of all facilities from scratch.

But on Wednesday, he said at a press conference: "As far as we know, according to our experts, everything is going according to plan."

"Last year, I would not say that," — he added.

Killy spoke at the end of a three-day inspection tour, which has already become the fifth trip Commission, which monitors the progress of work, this seaside resort.

He said that the Russian organizers have assured the IOC that 70% of the construction work will be completed by next year, and said in February that the expected completion of the bobsled track "very impressive."

Concerns about the construction in Sochi due not only staggering scope of the project, but also the reputation of the inefficient, bankrupt player, which is used by Russia.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, a member of the Russian government to observe the course of affairs in Sochi, acknowledged that this winter, a heavy fog led to the cancellation of flights in Sochi airports for several days, leading to fears that this could happen again, and during the Games, if similar weather.

He said that plans are being developed to redirect the planes flying to Sochi, the nearest major airport — airport Krasnodar, in the big city 105 miles north of Sochi, and delivery of spectators and athletes to Sochi by rail. "The weather has taught us a lesson," — he said.

Kozak also brushed aside the issue of permanent suspicion that construction in Sochi accompany corruption and kickbacks.

"Corruption and embezzlement can only confirm the verdict. The sentence was not "- he said.

In a statement, the IOC noted that the Commission has identified four priorities for the Russian organizers on which to focus, including the hiring and training of staff to service the Games, and to ensure a high standard of services to the public.

Killy also approved made in the last month choose the mascots of the Games in Sochi, calling the snow leopard, polar bear and rabbit "young and funny."

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