Д.Медведев.Вступительное слово на заседании .23.03.09.Part 2





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Speech at the Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport, Elite Sport, and the Preparation and Organisation of the 2014 Sochi XXII Winter Olympics and XI Winter Paralympics.Part 2
March 23, 2009

Вступительное слово на заседании Совета по развитию физической культуры и спорта, спорта высших достижений, подготовке и проведению XXII Олимпийских зимних игр и ХI Паралимпийских зимних игр 2014 года в Сочи.
23 марта 2009 года

It is important to finish regulating issues related to providing land for Olympic construction, and issues related to resettling people. And it is imperative to deal with each resettled family. First, this is a very significant issue, and second, this issue cannot be resolved abstractly. This concerns relations with each individual family, with the people who live on the corresponding plots of land. Naturally, we must take into account all rights that are established for those families and all citizens by current legislation that we have developed and passed.

Right now, most of the necessary land areas for building Olympic facilities have been allotted, but only about 50 percent of land has been allotted for the development of Sochi as a city (this is an issue involving many more problems). This is major, serious work, and without a doubt, this work must be accelerated as much as possible. The city administration should have the opportunity to form a so-called flexible housing fund for providing people with housing in exchange for the land and homes being confiscated.

There is a second, very important goal for Sochi. In addition to constructing Olympic facilities, our goal is to turn Sochi into a major sports and recreational centre for summer and winter sports, for active vacations and improving peoples health. We must ultimately build a modern, world-class resort with developed infrastructure and a developed social sphere, which should conform to all ecological parameters. And, of course, it should be a city that will be comfortable for its own inhabitants, including people with disabilities. In this way, we must create the standards of accessibility which will be used in all the regions. The development and implementation of the Sochi: A Hospitable City program thus takes on particular significance.

Next, the third point that I would like to discuss. The Olympic project and the World University Games are nationwide projects, and all the subjects of the Federation should be interested in their success, rather than just the ones where these events are taking place. I feel that regional construction organisations should take part in bidding for contracts to build facilities for the Olympics and the World University Games. Speaking of which, these events may be a good form of support to Russias construction industry during this time of financial crisis.

Clearly, in todays economic circumstances, we also need more active measures in seeking investors. The Organising Committee already has certain ideas for attracting commercial partners. They need to be developed, particularly since the situation right now is not simple. We are building facilities of great potential; they will also need to be in demand after the Olympics and World University Games are over.In this regard, there is another idea worthy of our attention: the idea of creating a Russian International Olympic University in Sochi. This university will prepare managers and organisers for large sporting events, as well as other events on that scale, for our country and for other countries.Another set of challenges that stands before all of us is the challenge of training athletes. The Olympic Games in Vancouver and London will be important steps in this process. And clearly, this training needs to begin as early as possible, giving our athletes a full-fledged training base, including new facilities. We also need to rapidly resolve issues regarding the provision of personnel, scientific methods, medicine and biology, and anti-doping measures. I just spoke with our track and field team, and in short, we have things to discuss.Perhaps the most important goal is to use the sporting events in Sochi and Kazan as a stimulus to modernise the entire system of physical activity and sports in our country, especially among young people, children, and teenagers. It is clear that experienced athletes will be competing for our countrys honour, but at the same time, the generation that will be attending the World University Games and the Olympics is growing up.


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