Russia to further launch 34 Olympic programs in Sochi this year

09:08, June 08, 2010      

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Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Monday that 34 more construction programs will be launched by the end of this year for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

The prime minister told the visiting president of International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge that a total of 72 Olympic programs are currently undergoing, which have involved about 19000 people and 2500 machinery and equipment.

Putin and Rogge also laid on Monday a commemorative time capsule in the foundation of the future International Olympic University in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi.

The university is to become a center for staff training for future Olympic Games, including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

Putin and Rogge left a message in the time capsule to the future university graduates, which says "the university is called upon to become a modern educational and research center in sport industry, a place that will generate new ideas and projects, and its graduates will have to continue the noble traditions of the Olympic movement."

"I hope this will be an effective, important and necessary institution that will popularize the Olympic movement and train specialists who are in demand," the prime minister said, quoted by Itar-Tass news agency.

Rogge believed that the Olympic University "will be a good legacy for the city of Sochi and for the development of the country in general."

Putin noted that Russia has taken the occasion of the Olympic Games for the development of the infrastructure in the southern area.

"Only 20 percent of the costs relate directly to the Olympic facilities and the infrastructure connected with them, while 80 percent is the infrastructure of the very region - roads, energy, water supply, gas," he said.



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