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Preparations for 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi entered their final phase

January 4, 2011, Sochi

At a meeting on the efficient use of Olympic facilities after the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Dmitry Medvedev was briefed on the progress of sports facilities’ construction and heard proposals for their future use.

Dmitry Medvedev noted that despite the project’s scale, both in terms of funding and organisational complexity, its implementation has been proceeding at a good pace. A modern social, transport and energy infrastructure is being created as part of the project; at the same time, environmental issues and tourism development are being addressed.

The meeting’s agenda also included environmental education and the formation of an accessible environment for persons with disabilities. The participants also reviewed the problems faced by the residents of areas adjacent to the Olympic facilities and venues. In particular, the President issued instructions to speed up the gasification of those localities.

Dmitry Medvedev highlighted the opportunity to use the Olympic facilities and infrastructure after the Olympics as one of the project’s major objectives. The Olympic sports facilities and infrastructure must be freely accessible and Sochi must become a world-class resort. It is vital that it becomes a popular holiday destination for Russians, Dmitry Medvedev said.

The President noted that eight of the fourteen major sports facilities to be built in Sochi by 2014 will continue to be used for their intended purpose, four can be disassembled and moved to other regions thanks to the cutting-edge technologies used in their construction, and two sites will be redeveloped.

January 4, 2011, Sochi