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Russian prime minister has no doubt Sochi Olympics would be successful

December 27, 2013, 20:01 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has no doubts the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Black Sea resort city Sochi will be a success.

“Frankly speaking, I have had no worries, because some problems are inevitable,” Medvedev told journalists on Friday. According to the Russian prime minister, the scale or construction was enormous, since “no one has ever organized Olympic Games from scratch.” “But on the other hand, I would like to put in straight: a week ago, when I came there to see how things were going and to do some skiing, I was driving from the airport - the road was really fantastic. More to it, I saw a fantastic train - Lastochka - pass me by,” he shared his impressions. He said he had visited key sports facilities in the settlement Esto-Sadok and Roza Khutor. “Everything is just fine there, looking really European-like. Hotels of various categories, restaurants, cafes, normal infrastructure,” he said. “I liked it very mush there.”

Medvedev said he had also visited hotels built by Belarusian partners. “The OLypmic Games are a kind of a promotion campaign,” he noted, adding that even people who had no idea about Sochi would come here just to see what it was like. “And a further task is to see to it that they find it comfortable here to come here again and again,” he noted. He expressed the hope that along with winter vacationing facilities, Sochi would offer more possibilities for summer vacationing. “I have been spending much time in Sochi after my life changed,” he said. “It is hot and wet in summer there by many people opt for vacationing in Sochi from force of habit.” However, the clime is more favorable in the mountainous area, he noted, adding that the Olympic infrastructure could be used for summertime vacationing as well.

Touching on possible organizational problems, the prime minister noted that some difficulties would be inevitable. “Frankly speaking, I am not sure everything would be absolutely smooth, but I don’t think it would be the worst Olympics. There is certain enthusiasm,” he said, adding that after the Olympic Games much effort would be needed to manage these sports facilities. “The Olympic heritage is enormous and the Krasnodar Territory alone would not be able to come with it,” Medvedev admitted. “We should do our best to see to it that these facilities be properly used in future. This is what the partnership between the state and private businesses is about. I have instructed the government to analyze these aspects.”

The prime minister also said he was planning to see the New Year in at home, although his plans included a visit to Sochi some time before or immediately after the holiday. “I will visit Sochi either before the New Year Day or after it to inspect Olympic facilities and to go in for skiing,” he added.

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