News that tickets sales for the upcoming Sochi Olympics are largely unsold is pointedly not true. With the cheapest “sold out” resale seats to the Ferbruary 6th gala going at a premium above $1200 now, nothing could be further from the truth.
News from Sochi, Russia tells of the people there kicking off a festival starting the official Spring Labor Day festivities. Held outside the city’s Winter Theater, the fest symbolizes renewed spirit of this famous Russian resort town.
News from Sochi, Russia tells of officials there continuing a rather massive cleanup of illegal activities in the region. The closing of some 100 plus illegal gambling halls falls in line with stiffened International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules.
News from Sochi, Russian Railways said yesterday the introduction of additional security safeguards will be placed at entrances to some 32 train stations across Russia in anticipation of the Olympics.
Sochi’s Mayor, Anatoliy Pakhomov, submitted a proposal recently to freeze all air and rail ticket prices to Sochi until after the Olympics. Fearing the negative impact of potentially skyrocketed prices for the games, the freeze is suggested simply for the times surrounding the 2014 Olympics.
The EU has agreements on visa-free travel to 50 countries, except Russia, but according to several media reports, the EU is not prepared for visa-free travel to the country.
Still, the negativity seems to be the common denominator for athletes currently in Sochi. And because there is still so much to be done, can Sochi truly shine in 2014?
According to the news from Sochi, President Vladimir Putin’s call for enhanced security last month was just the beginning of wider efforts at Olympic security. Now officials are going forward with creating a so called “external perimeter” at the borders with Abkhazia and Kabardino-Balkaria.
The organizers of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have just unveiled the sporting event’s futuristic torch, an interesting piece inspired by a mix of Russian folklore, including a mythical Firebird, the country’ surprising contrasts, and space-age technology.
As Sochi ramps up preparations for the Olympics of 2014, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has admitted to certain mistakes having been made in the early days of their preparations there. Now a so-called “rehabilitation plan” will be set in place to rectify some environmental mishaps.
What with Russia getting ready to welcome thousands of foreign visitors from all corners of the globe when it plays host to some of the world’s biggest sporting events in the next few years, officials are undoubtedly keen to make a good impression on them.
With the Sochi 2014 Opening Ceremony being less than 500 days away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has applauded Russia for the pace of its preparations as it gears up to welcome the world to its premiere Black Sea resort.
Once the London 2012 Games are over, Sochi 2014 will pick-up the baton.