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Sochi, Russia to host 2014 Winter Olympics

30. September 2009 by Gregg 0 Comments

After reviewing numerous bids from over 15 different applicant cities and a shortlist also including cities in Austria and South Korea, the International Olympic Committee chose Sochi, a resort town in the South of Russia as the official host for the 2014 Winter Olympics in 2007.

Like many events of this type, the Olympic event is being used as a reason to modernize the city. Fiber-optic cables are being laid and plans to introduce digital broadcasting are also being proposed. Many new power plants are being built, with older disused ones being upgraded and re-commissioned. 15 new sports venues will have to be built, as the city is not currently equipped to handle the event, along with the construction of new hotel space to handle the estimated 10,300 people the event will attract.

Due to its position, right on the coast of the Black Sea, the city of Sochi has been a popular holiday destination since the early days of the Soviet Union after Joseph Stalin built a vacation home there. The home has now been turned into a museum. After the secession of Ukraine, Sochi experienced a further wave of popularity as many of the more popular summer resorts were located in the Crimean area which was Ukrainian territory.

The city is currently home to a little over 400,000 permanent residents and features an extremely humid climate with winter temperatures that rarely fall below freezing. The Russian Government plan to put up around $9 billion dollars for the preparations, with even more funds coming from partnerships and advertising in the event.