According to Pavel Sevostyanov, the councilor of the president of the Olympic committee, the unbiased criticism «is reasonable, natural and useful».
Pavel Igorevich, the quality of the Olympic Games depends a lot on the quality of the Olympic units. Are there any fears concerning the quality of sports units which will have been built by 2014 in Sochi?
The constructions, unique in all respects, are being created for Sochi-2014. But they will have to be erected under extremely difficult conditions. It is obvious that the Olympic emblem, five bound rings, is a kind of quality mark and of top technical level. I am personally for supermodern Olympic units, but nevertheless safety is of prior importance. Sports units are specific: great crowds of people are in arenas, platforms and nearby during the competitions, while the sports activities themselves impose additional pressure on the constructions. No insult intended to the designers and constructors, but both they and everything that is happening on the construction sites need a watchful eye. No «maybe» is possible as there are no trifles in such a matter.
How can we avoid the wide-spread and fatal cost cutting at the expense of quality?
Cost-cutting at the expense of quality and safety cannot be called economy. The consequences of bad work exceed a lot the expenses of the implementation of the corresponding control mechanisms. You should agree that alterations directly influence the project terms and costs. The terms of choice of performers of these or those works have already been determined. Open tenders are aimed at the attraction of most qualified specialists and respected organizations. But most important is peoples responsibility and their awareness of the important goal and the general objective.
The construction of the Olympic infrastructure in Sochi has just been started, but its creators have already been criticized
It should be realized that Russia and Sochi will be the targets of criticism; none of the Olympic capitals could avoid it. Unbiased criticism in this matter is reasonable, natural and to some extent useful. It should be taken easy and reasonably. The «Sochi-2014» project is developing dramatically which should make us optimistic.
No criticism compares to the effect of the Olympic Games as well as to the powerful boost for the development of the South of Russia including its touristic attraction which is bound to happen, I am sure, before the year of 2014.