Staging major international events such as the Universiade in Kazan and the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is increasing the popularity of sport in Russia.
“We began our bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi with an exciting concept, great ambitions and a huge desire to stage the Games. Today, we can now see a dramatic transformation taking place, with new facilities emerging across Sochi. We are using the opportunity of hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to enhance the infrastructure of Russia’s southern region – leaving a real legacy for the area”.
We never held back on financing the construction of Olympic venues or any other Games related projects and we never will. We are not planning to make savings on ecological and environmental protection.
All our actions are based on the principle of openness and maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the public as well as cooperation and interaction with non-Governmental organizations. To date, this dialogue has proved to be very effective in Olympic construction. At this stage it is important to mark the ongoing improvement of the interactions between the Government and environmental NGOs – this is one of the most important aspects of our environmental protection plan
Preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi are totally and completely on schedule. Today there is no cause for concern that any aspect or portion of the timetable will be violated .
As far as the Olympic Games are concerned, the International Olympic Committee, rather than politicians, makes such decisions. I hope very much that as was in previous decades, the International Olympic Committee's activities will not be politicised. This is the first thing.
Despite the attempts of some Western politicians to defend their clients in the Georgian leadership who launched a bloody aggression against South Ossetia, people are becoming convinced that incumbent Georgian leaders are responsible for this aggression and the bloodshed that took place in the North Caucasus and its southern sector, South Ossetia. I believe this trend will become more pronounced.
This is why I see no reason to revise the International Olympic Committee's decisions to organise and hold the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
We have allocated financial resources for conducting the required preparatory work. These allocations will not be reduced; and we will implement all our plans.
At the same time, I would like to stress once again that most allocations will be spent on the regional infrastructure's development, rather than Olympic-facility construction. The population of the Krasnodar Territory, Sochi residents, as well as holiday visitors from all Russian regions will be able to use that infrastructure in summer and winter