Olympic Games-2014: possibilities and risks
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«Russian trump card is time»
After the Olympic Games in Vancouver, all eyes will be turned to Sochi. This project, maybe, is the most difficult for the IOC: it is necessary to construct 80% of all Olympic objects. We watch building course with a great interest. Work scale in such areas as transport, infrastructure amazes. It is the catalyst of region development on a large scale. Of course, there are some problems, which have to be solved, but Russia has a trump card time. The IOC trusts it fully. And I will not tell Vladimir Putin to make haste any more. Our main recommendation for today is to show good care of environment in this unique region during preparation for the Games.
«We have realized, what is it to be the investor»
The prime minister of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin has made some important statements concerning the conclusions, which the state should make in course of preparation of large investment projects such as the Olympic Games in Sochi, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vladivostok, Student Games in Kazan. Ministry of economic development and trade is already preparing a package of important amendments aimed at considerable simplification of investment activity in the country in whole. Probably,
«You never know what you can do till you try»
We had already held the Olympic Games, but all sports constructions were built at the expense of budgetary funds. I have a feeling that money was not counted. We live in different time. Not only investors count money, but also the state. It was decided to create engineering company, which would be engaged both in designing and making of the design estimates, control over targeted use of means, technological control, and audit. You never know what you can do till you try. We are absorbed into the Olympic projects, we realize their complexity, we estimate risks, but our work is made easier by the fact, that we go shoulder to shoulder with «Olympstroy», and the government, and Dmitry Kozak, who monitors this remarkable building day and night, as it is his beloved child.
«There will be no such case anymore»
We did not expect such huge amount of works. Everything was quite difficult at the beginning. Everything should be built, and there were failures, I will tell frankly. But it is necessary to give his due:
«Delivery terms are connected with the financing»
Crisis did not affect building of those objects, which started before the financial cataclysm. Already during the crisis period some tendered objects were deleted. For example, the port at the river Psou, which contruction was won by «Transstroy», but after resuming of the results the customer refused to build. The «Olympstroy» count on external investment in building of Olympic objects, probably, has not worked, therefore the state remained their main customer and investor. This amendment to plans was moved by crisis too. Our company is confident that we will deliver objects in time, I can not tell anything for the others. Delivery terms are always connected with financing. Today there are no preconditions for terms breaking.
«The compromise with society is necessary»
The staff deficit becomes a serious problem for the organisation of building of the Olympic Games objects. No wonder that not only Russian companies will be engaged in building, but also foreign companies, student teams and volunteers.
Now many people complain of crisis: how could we care about the Olympic building? I am sure, crisis will not affect the preparation for the Games at all. If there is money, objects in Sochi will be constructed very quickly. And there is money, after all the state stands for the Olympic Games.
state have got down to sports! Take for example the international forum"Russia is the sports power», held in Kazan. The only thing that disturbs me, army reforms. There are only CSKA, and sport club in Samara remained. And army sport clubs
«We have been waiting for the new Olympic Games for 30 years»
I do not know, how building in Sochi goes, but, considering the fact that the Olympic Games are the national priority of Russia, there is no question about level of firms and enterprises participating in the state project. Their selection is very strict and allows to create free competition which will lead to improvement of work quality. Sports objects in Sochi will become one of the
best in the world and will meet modern requirements. I read the Strategy of development of physical culture and sports in the Russian Federation till 2020 approved recently. It seems to me, that this is one of the important events before the Olympic Games. «Sports» is a household word today, therefore the plan of action, written in Strategy will take shape of a large scale. Our country has been waiting for the new Olympic Games for almost 30 years since 1980.