November 2008

Not All Is Peaceful in Sochi

According to an article from the BBC, the 2014 Olympics in Sochi are creating conflicts in all sectors of the population.  From the land owners that are being displaced by contruction of new resorts, to the environmentalists who want to protect the pristine mountainside.  There are those who view the expansion of the city as a bad move which will have a negative impact on the residents as well as the land for years to come. According to a resident of Sochi, who recently lost his home, which has been in his

Sochi 2014 Touches Base With EOC

Dmitry Chernyshenko, President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Olympics, assures the European Olympic Committee(EOC) everything is on track and within budget.  At a meeting in Istanbul, Chernyshenko said that the design works of seven venues has already been completed.  And that 100 per cent of the land for sports venues has already been allocated.
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.

Sochi Gets a New Wrestling Complex for 2014 Games

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.

Winter Olympics an Explosive Subject in Sochi

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.