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  • Sochi Scene - IOC Visits Mountain Venues; AIPS Sets Congress Dates


    Jean-Claude Killy leaves the “RusSki Gorki” jumping center. (Dmitry Chernyshenko)
    (ATR) Venue visits are Wednesday’s focus for members of the IOC Coordination Commission inspecting Sochi 2014.

    After a Tuesday spent receiving reports on areas such as construction, accommodation, transport, operational readiness and the Olympic torch relay, chairman Jean-Claude Killy and company now don hard hats for day two of their stay.

    Commission members will tour some of Sochi’s mountain cluster, including the national sliding center, the “RusSki Gorki” jumping center, the “Laura” cross country and biathlon center and the endurance village.

    Killy will star alongside Olympic Games executive director Gilbert Felli and Sochi 2014 CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko in Thursday’s closing press conference to update reporters on progress toward the Games, now fewer than 500 days away.

    Furlong on Board

    Sochi's sliding track as seen Wednesday. (Dmitry Chernyshenko)
    According to Sochi 2014, the fourth participant in Thursday’s briefing is ex-VANOC chief John Furlong, who is busy battling allegations back home in Vancouver that he abused students at a rural aboriginal school 40 years ago.

    Furlong did not attend the London Olympics and is known to be sidelined from his new role as the executive chair of Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps.

    As former CEO of Vancouver 2010, he is serving as an advisor to the Co-Comm.

    AIPS Bound for Sochi

    Sochi will stage the 76th Congress of the International Sports Press Association.
    AIPS president Gianni Merlo and vice president Nickolai Dolgopolov close the deal on Sochi 2013. (AIPS)

    AIPS president Gianni Merlo and vice president Nickolai Dolgopolov signed the host contract at a recent meeting of the AIPS Executive Committee in Baku, where they also set the dates for the annual occasion as April 15 to 19.

    “Simultaneous translation will be available during the AIPS Congress and a cultural program in the frame of the upcoming Olympics will be provided, with two excursions to the Olympic sports facilities in the upper and coastal areas,” said Dolgopolov, also president of the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia.

    The week’s venue is a specially prepared sports hall adjacent to the Radisson Park Inn at Rosa Khutor, site for alpine events at Sochi 2014.

    Registration will launch soon on the AIPS Congress website.

    Written by Matthew Grayson

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