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Sochi-2014 Organising Committee wants broad coverage of Olympics in press

November 09, 2012, 7:00 UTC+3
For the first time in the history of the Olympic movement free wireless access to the Internet will be provided to all accredited mass media
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SOCHI, November 9 (Itar-Tass) —— The Sochi-2014 Organising Committee wants the upcoming Olympic Games to get as broad coverage in mass media as possible, its Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a world press briefing in Krasnaya Polyana on Thursday, November 8.

“We have not seen so many journalists in Sochi ever before. More than 300 people from 30 countries of the world have come here. These are heads of authoritative international mass media that will write about modern Russia in 2014,” he said.

The Sochi-2014 Organising Committee is trying to show all achievements because “the level as raised very high after the Games in Beijing, Vancouver and London”.

“Journalistic expectations regarding the coverage of the Olympic Games are very high and it is important for us to live up to these expectations and fulfil our obligations. Our country is carrying out its ambitious plans and we have presented our almost finished sport facilities. I am sure that the Games in 2014 will really be most compact and beautiful. Olympic service will be at the highest level,” Chernyshenko said.

In some respect, the organisers have already surpassed the expectations of mass media people. For the first time in the history of the Olympic movement free wireless access to the Internet will be provided to all accredited mass media. “This is a big and serious step behind which there are serious technological and financial decisions,” Chernyshenko emphasised. “We have decided to do this because we want to get the broadest possible coverage of the Olympic Games in Sochi.”

“The Games give a unique possibility for the host country, primarily in terms of what is left after the competitions, and this goes far beyond Sochi. We are laying here the foundation for further development of the country, a sort of development model, setting standards for environmental and barrier-free development for people with disabilities, and facilitating the emergence and development of volunteer movement. We should understand that the attention of the whole world will be riveted to Sochi in 2014. And this resort city will represent modern Russia which will be judged by our achievements,” Chernyshenko concluded.

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