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  • Press Release: New Sochi facility to train future Olympians


    11/17/08

    17 November 2008, Sochi, Russia A new world-class wrestling training complex today opened in Sochi. The new facility, named after the three times Olympic Greco-Roman Champion Alexander Karelin, has capacity for ten teams to train simultaneously.

    The opening ceremony of the Karelin Center was attended by the Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko; State Duma deputy and Olympic gymnastics champion Svetlana Khorkina; chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture and Sport and Olympic figure skating champion Anton Sikharulidze as well as representatives of different Russian sports federations.

    Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, said:

    We can already see real results of Sochi becoming one of the main sports centers in Russia the opening of this new sports training complex is perfect proof of this. Children from all over the country will be able to train here.

    I would like to highlight that the construction of the center was funded by private investors. This demonstrates the attractiveness of Sochi the host city of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games for private investment. The Russian Government's support for this project is an excellent demonstration of the openness of Federal authorities to a dialogue with business and its readiness to support projects for Sochi’s development.

    The facility in Sochi which is certified by the International Federation of Associated Wresting Styles (FILA) has been the training base for the Russian free-style and Greco-Roman wresting teams at both Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Over both Olympic Games, the teams won a total of 16 medals, nine of which were Gold.

    Three-time Olympic champion Alexander Karelin said during the opening ceremony:

    The training base in Sochi already satisfies all requirements foreign teams normally have when they prepare for the Olympic Games.

    Dmitry Chernyshenko added:

    We have already discussed with Alexander Karelin the possibility of using this facility as a training base for both Russian and international winter sports teams who want to prepare for competitions in the Olympic host city 2014.

    As a result the Karelin Center will be included in the first Pre-Games Training Guide, which the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is currently developing. It will contain information about all training centers in Russia where international athletes could train in the run-up to Sochi 2014 and will be distributed annually to all National Olympic Committees from 2010.

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