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SOCHI, February 20. /ITAR-TASS/. The largest ever Observer Program to give future Olympic Games organizers a chance to assess first-hand the preparation and delivery of the Olympic Games is rolled out at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
The Observer Program is a record in terms of both participants and events number. Over 400 delegates of the Organizing Committees of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo are taking part in 70 different meetings and visits, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s press service told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
Round tables with experts from various functional areas are held daily for participants in the program, where topical issues are discussed. There is also a set of tours of venues, which are being held for representatives of future Organizing Committees by experts from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Moreover, the transfer of knowledge and experience in the Olympic Games takes place through the Shadow Program where 50 delegates of the Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committees spend their entire time following the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee employees in various positions, attentively observing their work.
The Observer Program is held during each Games, providing Organizing Committees of international sports competitions a unique opportunity to learn in detail the specifics of such major projects. Activity varies from the meeting of official delegations at the airport and the accommodation of athletes in the Olympic Village to the awarding of medals and the Closing Ceremony of the Games.
The Observer Program of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi is the largest in the history of the Games, and includes besides representatives from three future Organizing Committees five candidate cities competing for the right to host the Olympic Games in 2022: Oslo, Krakow, Lvov, Beijing and Almaty, the organizers say.
The IOC has also provided the organizers of the FIFA World Cup, which will be held this summer in Brazil and in the summer of 2018 in Russia, with the opportunity to participate in the Program.
In addition, students of the Russian International Olympic University from 14 countries are undergoing training in Sochi 2014.
“Students of the educational course ‘Master of Sports Administration’ have taken tours of the Mountain and Coastal Cluster venues in practice to assess the scope of work undertaken by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee over seven years and to use the gained experience in their future work,” the committee said.
The first official visit of observers to Sochi took place before the official opening of the Games on February 4 and the program will end on February 24, after the closing address of the Winter Olympics.