The National Olympic Committees’ Chefs de Mission Seminar, the traditional reporting event of the Organizing Committee has got underway in Sochi. More than 200 participants fr om over 75 countries are attending the Seminar. Delegates will hear about the preparation status of the Organizing Committee for the Games, as well as be taken on a tour of the Coastal and Mountain Cluster venues.
Over the next 3 days, delegates will have several plenary sessions, at which NOC representatives will talk about the main services to be provided to their teams at the Games. There will also be individual meetings held with NOC representatives, and information desks for the service functions of the Organizing Committee will be in operation.
The President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, noted:
"A record number of National Olympic Committee representatives are in Sochi these days, and they are already in full swing preparing their delegations for participation in the major four-yearly sports competitions. During the visit to the Olympic venues, the NOC delegation heads will see with their own eyes wh ere the athletes will be performing, and how the Games in Sochi have already taken form. The best proof of this is the series of Test Events which are currently being successfully carried out by the Games organizers. We are pleased that the seminar delegates will have the opportunity to learn more about the upcoming Olympics and Sochi, which promises to warmly greet all the teams with real Russian hospitality next year."
The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, emphasized:
"The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will have both a record number of participants and competitions. 6,000 Olympic athletes and team members from nearly 80 countries and 7 types of Olympic sports will come and compete for 98 sets of medals. Roughly 3 billion TV viewers around the world will tune in to watch the Games in Sochi. As organizers, it is important that the city meets its guests at the highest possible level, and representatives of the Organizing Committee will give a detailed account to National Olympic Committee heads about how we are going to achieve this."