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Russian presidential envoy says Sochi Olympics infrastructure must not idle

September 19, 2014, 14:25 UTC+3 SOCHI
According to the official, one of the best ways to make use of sports and infrastructure facilities in Sochi is to develop youth sports schools in the region
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SOCHI, September 19. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian government’s financial allocations for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, held early this year in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi, were well spent, but the infrastructure built for the global sports event must not idle and continue serving its purposes, a Russian presidential envoy said on Friday.

“First of all, the Olympics were not to no avail,” Boris Titov, the Russian presidential envoy on entrepreneur rights, told ITAR-TASS. “That was a grand event and it was worth it. Now we have to make a proper use of the infrastructure left after the Games.”

According to the official, one of the best ways to make use of sports and infrastructure facilities in Sochi is to develop youth sports schools in the region gathering young athletes and children from all across Russia.

“There is an outstanding infrastructure for children [in Sochi],” Titov said. “We only need to organize arrival of children from all over the country for holding large-scale competitions here.”

“A huge amount of money is allocated for sports [in Russia] and part of it must be allocated for bringing children here. For a month or two. They need be using the Olympic infrastructure. I am sure that more sports schools must be constructed in Sochi,” Titov added.

In February and March, the Russian resort city of Sochi hosted the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which, according to international sports officials, athletes and visitors, were organized at the highest level possible and provided up-to-date infrastructure at all levels.

Sochi is currently gearing up to hold another large-scale global sports event next month as last December the International Automobile Federation (FIA) officially announced the calendar of the 2014 Formula One races, and the Grand Prix in Russia’s Sochi was scheduled for October 12 as the 16th out of 19 F1 Grand Prix races this year.

The Russian Grand Prix will be held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone.

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