The Olympics in Sochi are a great help for the development of this region and Russia as a whole.
On my first visit to Sochi as the IOC President, I was delighted to meet with members of the Sochi 2014 Team that will deliver the first Olympic Winter Games in the history of Russia in just a few months time. As the Olympic flame makes its way across this great country, we can see that the anticipation ahead of the Games is growing and that the Olympic spirit is flourishing here in Russia. I am confident that Sochi 2014 and its partners are doing everything they can to ensure that these Games will be a great sporting celebration.
Of course, the Olympic Games in Sochi are the main objective at the start of my path as there are just five months before the tournament. I will work and make every effort to ensure the Sochi Olympics pass successfully!