With one month to go, Sochi 2014, the most expensive summer or winter Olympic Games in history, and more than three times the budget of the 2012 London Olympic Games, is ready, according to its President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko.
He released a statement Tuesday saying, “with a month to go until the opening of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games we are ready and in full Olympic mode. Every sport venue is fully prepared and has been thoroughly tested, new road and rail routes are ready to transport visitors, and rehearsals for the Opening Ceremony are well underway. Athletes, coaches and the media have all received their official accreditations and are gearing up to travel to Sochi, where our volunteers and staff will give them the warmest of welcomes”.
Twelve new events are on the sports program in Sochi, including women’s ski jumping. Female jumpers are making their debut following their rejection for inclusion at the Vancouver Olympics four years ago.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also added ski halfpipe and ski and snowboard slopestyle events.
Chernyshenko said, “Sochi will be a truly memorable Games, where the world’s greatest winter athletes will compete against a stunning backdrop of the Black Sea coast and snowy mountain peaks that will amaze audiences across the world. While today we focus on the Games and some wonderful sport, it is highly rewarding to see Sochi’s new year-round resort which forms part of the legacy of the Games that will transform the region for generations”.