IOC President Bach and Russian President Putin meet in Sochi to discuss legacy of the Olympic Winter Games one year on

20 Apr 2015
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met for nearly an hour today to discuss the huge legacy of the Olympic Winter Games that were held in Sochi just over a year ago. 

Meeting at SportAccord in a convention centre that was once the International Broadcasting Centre, the two leaders swapped notes on the success of the Games and on how they can continue to build on the legacy.

President Bach told the Russian leader that returning to Sochi was “quite an emotional moment” for him and he told him of some of the legacies.

Since the Games, Sochi has hosted a number of world championships and other elite events, including the FIL World Cup, the FIBT World Cup, the WCF Curling World Cup, the ITF World Cup and the Formula 1 Grand Prix. “None of that would have been possible before the Games,” he told President Putin.

A day earlier, President Bach had the opportunity to see how the facilities in the Olympic Park are still being used. At the Fed Cup at the Adler Arena he watched Germany and Russia battling it out for a place in the finals. The building, which was a speed skating venue, has now been converted into a year-round tennis academy.

At the World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship at the “Ice Cube”, President Bach was also able to see for himself how the venues continue to deliver.

He urged the International Federations to continue to build on this excellent legacy.

“I am encouraging all the Sports Federations here to benefit from these excellent opportunities and the great organisational skills of our Russian hosts. They showed us all during the Olympic Winter Games, and they continue to show us now, what great hosts and what great organisers they are.”

President Putin praised the strong legacy of the Games, which had achieved the vision of creating a world-class winter sports destination and put Sochi on the global sports calendar.

This winter the local authorities say that all the hotels in the mountain cluster were fully booked from the beginning of November until mid-January. Traffic-calming measures even had to be put in place to cope with the numbers. Summer bookings for the hotels in the coastal cluster are said to be equally as successful.

The leaders also discussed the important role of sport in society. The Russian leader emphasised that the Russian authorities continue to work closely with the IOC, and he praised the “excellent relations” with the IOC as “leader of the Olympic Movement.”

He informed the IOC President of the many initiatives in mass sport and sport for all that are being undertaken across the Russian Federation.   

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