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48OLYMPIC REVIEWwww.olympic.org1.2 THE VISION OF SOCHI 2014A NEW GATEWAY FOR THEOLYMPIC SPIRITSochi 2014's vision is to unite the resources of the city ofSochi, the Krasnodar region and the Russian nation todevelop in Sochi greatly needed sports and resortinfrastructure in a sustainable, inclusive, environmentallyresponsible manner. Our goal is to deliver Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games of uncommon excellence for the athletes, theOlympic Family, the Paralympic Family and the world. Sochi's natural setting is extraordinary, offering aninspiring combination of soaring alpine mountains andtemperate, verdant coastal areas lining the Black Sea. It hasSOCHI2014CANDIDATECITY

www.olympic.orgOLYMPIC REVIEW49long been Russia's most popular summer destination forbeach and mountain devotees.Beginning in 2002, the Government of the RussianFederation began working with the Russian OlympicCommittee to plan for and establish an urgently neededwinter sports centre in Sochi in the mountain district ofKrasnaya Polyana. With no existing international-qualityalpine, ski jumping or sliding facilities in the country, thispressing need became a national priority. Concurrently, the city of Sochi initiated the "Greater Sochi Area Town Planning and Investment Concept" of 2002.This plan addressed the long-term goals of modernising and expanding the city's tourism infrastructure to establishSochi as an international tourist destination. The Sochi 2014 bid has helped to align the interests ofthe city, the region and the nation to create the "FederalTarget Programme for the Development of Sochi as aMountain Climate Resort 2006-2014" (FTP). The FTP identifies US$12 billion of programmedinvestments, guaranteed by the federal government, toprovide for the development and funding for all venue, environmental, transport, technology, accommodationand many other projects necessary for the 2014 WinterGames and the long-term advancement of Sochi. Sochi is already advanced in the planning andimplementation of the FTP:?The "Games Delivery Authority" has already beenestablished. The Directorate for the Development of Sochi,under the direction of the Ministry for EconomicDevelopment and Trade now functions to ensure delivery ofall FTP projects;?The FTP projects are defined and budgets allocated; and?The first calls for tenders have already been issued.The Sochi 2014 bid provides a new gateway for wintersport, enhancing the IOC's goal of "placing sport at theservice of the harmonious development of man." ?