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Putin in Sochi to visit Olympic University, Operation Center Mon

September 16, 2013, 1:38 UTC+3

Putin will also tour RIOU, opening on Monday, and meet with its students and faculty members

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MOSCOW, September 16 (Itar-Tass) - President Vladimir Putin on Monday will check up once again the course of preparations for the 2014 Olympics. A presidential press service official told ltar-Tass that Putin would visit theMain Operation Center of Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games and attend a ceremony to inaugurate a Russian International Olymnpic University (RIOU).

At the Main Operation Center, Vice-Premier Dmitry Kozak will tell the President and members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) about the results of a large-scale inter-agency exercise held in preparation for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and the 11th Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.

Putin will also tour RIOU, opening on Monday, and meet with its students and faculty members.

The official ceremonies will be aldo attrnded together with the Russian Head of State by Jean-Claude Killy, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission, and IOC Executive Director Gilbert Felli.

RIOU was founded on October 21, 2009, for training a new generation of sports managers for the Russian and world Olympic movement and sports industry.

This month, the University sets about training the first-enrolment students under the main programme "Master of Sport Administration". University sources point out that the Programme differs from those existing in the world by the fact that it is based on the Olympic values and Olympian experience. The Programme is up to Russian and European educational standards. It is intended for the graduates of institutions of higher learning who want to apply their knowledge in the field of sports, as well as for sport managers who wish to upgrade their leadership and management skills in sports.

The RIOU education course was first presented in July 2012 during the Summer Olympic Games in London.

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