IOC Coordination Commission visits Sochi
On 12th-13th March, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission visited the city of Sochi for the ninth and penultimate time. The Commission of which FIS President Gian Franco Kasper is a member was joined by representatives of each of the Olympic International Winter Sports Federations, including FIS Secretary General Sarah Lewis.
During this visit, the Commission was updated by the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and its local partners on the progress being made on the project, with less than a year remaining until the Games.
As has happened during the preparations for previous Olympic Winter Games, the seven Olympic International Winter Sports Federations have participated in the opening and closing plenary sessions of the visit, as well as in the working group on sport and the International Federations. This participation helped cement the already strong collaboration between the federations, the Local Organising Committee and the IOC.
Over the course of the two days of meetings, the Commission heard about Sochi’s progress in areas as diverse as Games operations, the Olympic Torch Relay, technology, culture, education and sustainability. A large part of the meetings also focused on client experience, with working groups examining the services that will be provided to groups such as the athletes, National Olympic Committees, spectators, the marketing partners, workforce and the media. These full two days have been yet another important step on Sochi’s way to successfully hosting the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.