Friday, February 14, 2014

Sochi 2014 Games Reach Half-way Point

As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games reach the half way stage, the Organizing Committee have provided an update on the "truly great Games" in progress. Fans from 124 countries have gathered in Sochi to passionately support their teams. Organizers have announced that nearly 1 000 000 tickets have been sold, 13,477 media personnel are in Sochi covering the Games and 18,500 volunteers have worked a total of 76,090 shifts - over 760,000 hours. Volunteers are assisting international visitors in over 30 languages.
An incredible atmosphere can be felt in the Olympic stands, with performances from the best winter athletes contributing to a wonderful celebration of sport that is captivating fans across the whole world.
The organizers have made great efforts to ensure spectators from around the world feel right at home at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Over the first half of the Games, Sochi’s transportation network has carried over 1.3 million people, including 400,000 by bus and 900,000 by "Lastochka" train.
A food and beverage service network with 1,400 individual locations is serving over 185,000 employees, client groups, and spectators every day. Over 2,500 metric tonnes of food have been used to make their meals.
More than 270,000 spectators have visited the Sochi 2014 Live Sites around Russia, attending a total of 187 events that have been hosted involving stars from sports and the stage. The Live Sites have also entertained fans with big screens showing over 120 hours of continuous broadcasting of the sport events. As part of the Games Cultural Program, 213 performances have been held with 92 performance groups from around the country, attracting an audience of in excess of 200,000 people.
Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko said: "As we always believed likely during our preparations, these are proving to be truly great Games. During the Games, Sochi has been drawing the attention of the whole world as Olympic history is being written. The atmosphere at the Games is very friendly, sport fans welcome each other in all sorts of languages and 550,000 people have already visited the Olympic Park to join the festival of sport. I’m delighted that the athletes have spoken so highly of the organization of the Games and thank the fans for their incredible support. As of now, 38 medal sets have been already awarded, but there is surely more incredible sport yet to come!".

The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi will take place between February 7, 2014 and February 23, 2014 encapsulating 17 days of competitions. 98 events will be held in seven Olympic Winter sports (Skiing, Skating, Luge, Biathlon, Ice Hockey, Curling, and Bobsleigh).
Sochi was elected as the host city for the XXII Olympic Winter Games at the 119th IOC Session in Guatemala City on 4 July 2007.

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