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04.01.2011

Medvedev promises modern infrastructure for Olympic host city residents




he 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi will leave local residents with state-of-the-art infrastructure...

The 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi will leave local residents with state-of-the-art infrastructure, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday.

"We should look forward to the post-Olympic future," Medvedev told a meeting with the Olympic project officials in the ski resort of Roza Khutor.

"The Olympics is, of course, a major sports event, but it is also important for us that there should be many new facilities for life and for pleasure here in Sochi," he said.

"It is important that this high level that will be reached at any cost during the Olympics should remain for the residents of the Krasnodar region and for tourists," Medvedev said.

"Our goal is to make Sochi a resort of international renown," he added.

Russia has earmarked over $30 billion for the construction of hundreds of sports facilities and infrastructure in Sochi.

Medvedev said four Olympic venues will be moved to nearby Vladikavkaz, Rostov-on-Don, Astrakhan and Stavropol after the Games.

The Olympic construction is nearly completed, he added.Sochi won the right to host the Olympics at an International Olympic Committee (IOC) session in Guatemala in July 2007 after a close race with South Korea's Pyeongchang and Austria's Salzburg.

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