On April 28, 2013 the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee will bring the series of 2012-2013 season Test Events to a close with the final matches of the Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The organizers have now staged 20 international Test Events at the 10 venues that are going to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
At a press-conference at the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, gave his verdict on the Test Events.
The Test Events of the 2012-2013 season set a new record in terms of the number of people involved: with more than 3000 competitors, approximately 5000 volunteers, over 1500 media representatives and roughly 130,000 spectators visiting venues over the last six months.
During the Test Events, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee successfully tested out all of the functions and services at the different venues. The Ticketing Program was put into operation resulting in a total attendance that was almost double the original forecast.
Volunteers from across Russia worked alongside the competition organizers at the Test Events, and were able to feel part of the Sochi 2014 team. Thanks to these events the volunteers have had the opportunity to fully prepare for the 2014 Games and will be able to share their experience with their colleagues from the 26 Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centers throughout Russia.
During the season, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee completed Test Events in 15 Olympic sports disciplines: biathlon, bobsleigh, skeleton, curling, ice hockey, luge, figure skating, short track, speed skating, snowboard, freestyle skiing, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, Nordic combined and ski jumping.
Test Events were also held in four of the five Paralympic sports: biathlon, cross-country skiing, alpine skiing (including para-snowboarding) and wheelchair curling. The next Sochi 2014 Test Event will be the International "Four Nations" Ice Sledge Hockey Tournament, which will take place in Sochi between August 25 and September 2, 2013.
The Test Events were supported by the Sochi 2014 Partners: Coca-Cola, GE, Ingosstrakh and PwC.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, underlined:
"The third season of the pre-Olympic test events program, the biggest in the history of the Winter Games, is coming to a close. It comprised over 70 international and national competitions in all of the Olympic and Paralympic sports. We are very pleased with results. The test competitions have passed successfully, which was proved by positive feedback from many athletes, coaches, international federations’ representatives, IOC, IPC and spectators. We have efficiently overcome all the trials and can now say with confidence that we are ready to host the Games even in the most challenging conditions. The test events were organized by a large team, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in hosting them: Organizing Committee, Olympstroy, Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, administrations of the Krasnodar region and the city of Sochi, contractors and of course our numerous volunteers who have become an integral part of our united team."