Chernyshenko highlighted the environmental and education legacy that Sochi 2014 would leave behind. Chernyshenko said, "the Russian Government has already launched the Environment Program for Sochi 2014.
Early this week Georgia wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee, requesting that the 2014 Winter Olympics be moved from Russia. The Georgian delegation claims that Sochi is in the middle of a Very dangerous region, and questioned whether spectators and athletes would be safe.
There's skepticism about whether Russia will be able to follow through with it's Olympic dreams. According to this article, Salzburg governor Gabi Burgstaller says they are ready to host the Olympics if Russia were to fall behind with construction of the venues for the games. Burgstaller told the WirtschaftsBlatt business newspaper:
A new "world-class" wrestling training complex opened Monday for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, named after three times Olympic Greco-Roman Champion Alexander Karelin. The complex has the capacity to train ten teams simultaneously.
The opening ceremony was attended by Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko; State Duma deputy and Olympic gymnastics champion Svetlana Khorkina; and State Duma Committee for Physical Culture and Sport, and Olympic figure skating champion Anton Sikharulidze.
The resort city of Sochi, one of Russia's most popular tourist destinations will be adding a new hotel, just in time for the 2014 Olympic Games. The city is getting a boost in it's economy with several international tourism companies openeing up, including Hertz which opened three branches, Austrian Airlines, and Radisson SAS.
The fire works are starting early in Sochi, for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. There is speculations that the Moscow mafia (reportedly led by Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov) is sending a message- they too want a slice of the Olympic pie, in the form of contracting bids and other opportunities regarding the games.
On Monday, Nov. 11, a man was badly injured when a device went off in his hand. The man's arm was blown off when he picked up a tin can that was on his car and had been rigged with an explosive. This is the sixth explosion to happen in Sochi this year.