On his first visit to Sochi as the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach met members of Komanda 2014, the team made up of the staff and volunteers of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
The warm welcome given to President Bach on the eve of 100 days to go – which marks 100 days until the Opening Ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – happened in Sochi 2014’s new Main Operations Center (MOC).
In addition to meeting with MOC staff, President Bach also took part in a video conference with representatives of several of Sochi 2014’s Volunteer Centers, who shared stories of their training and their excitement about being a part of the Games. The Main Operations Center is the focal point for the management of the Games in the lead up to and during the events themselves, providing a forum for the exchange of information between Games bodies and for the rapid resolution of any issues that may occur.
The MOC is staffed by members of Sochi 2014’s different departments and key local stakeholders, and will operate until the end of the Paralympic Games.
Before the start of the Games in Sochi on February 7, a total of 117 inter-agency measures for the operational readiness of the Games management bodies are planned including seminars, training, exercises, and rehearsals, which will allow for the testing and optimization of management processes to prepare the workforce and inter-agency cooperation in normal and emergency situations.
IOC President Thomas Bach remarked: “On my first visit to Sochi as the IOC President, I was delighted to meet with members of the Sochi 2014 Team that will deliver the first Olympic Winter Games in the history of Russia in just a few months time. As the Olympic flame makes its way across this great country, we can see that the anticipation ahead of the Games is growing and that the Olympic spirit is flourishing here in Russia. I am confident that Sochi 2014 and its partners are doing everything they can to ensure that these Games will be a great sporting celebration.” (Sochi 2014 Press Release)