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Helping out with Olympics preparations: the Olympic tenders and investment opportunities!

Development, Olympics 2014 August 6th, 2008

Sochi Olympic Cooperation

Own a business or have money to invest? You can help Sochi to get things done on time! :)

There are two places I know where you can find information about Olympics-related tenders. One is the official website of the Sochi Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, and the other one is the website of the state corporation “Olympstroy”.

And these are not only tenders for construction of the Olympic venues for the Sochi Olympic Games, but also for smaller stuff, like supplying construction equipment, autos, office supplies and equipment, providing services like financial audits and technical expertise for various events, etc.

The trick with the Organizing Committee for OG is to monitor both Russian- and English-language versions of the websites. French-language version of the website doesn’t have any information on official tenders. Most tenders are published in the Russian section (of course in Russian language), and fewer are on English (in English). Looks like it depends on the tender where each one goes. Right now there are five open tenders in the Russian section.

The Russian section also lists several high-level open vacancies open in the Organizing Committee. I assume this means that the candidate has to be fluent in Russian. The English section’s “vacancies” section is empty for now.

Sochi Olympic tenders from the Sochi Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games:
Russian language
English language

The state corporation “Olympstroy” opened redesigned website about a week ago, and also lists all tenders there Read the rest of this entry »

Few Olympic News (04.2008)

Olympics 2014 April 22nd, 2008

* Sochi mayor Viktor Kolodyazhny resigns to become head of «Olympstroy» corporation owned by state which will control all Olympic related construction in Sochi, and, of course, the money flow. You can read more on this in The Moscow Times. The acting mayor for now will be Vladimir Afanasenkov — Vice Governor of Krasnodarsky Krai. He too was previously involved in Sochi’s Olympic bid.

* Russia launches Olympic brand protection campaign:

“Sochi 2014 Organising Committee and Russian authorities today began the first ever mass intellectual property protection campaign to safeguard the Olympic brand in Russia.

London and Sochi share educational experience

Olympics 2014 February 2nd, 2008

«Professional partnership London – Sochi» program took its start in the end of January in Sochi. The program provides for delegation exchanges between colleges and education establishments.

On January 22, professors from three London universities met with pedagogues from the «Black Sea humanitarian academy». During their week-long visit, guests from UK will have specialised seminar on teaching medical English, and will share their experience in organizing short term language courses for hotels’ personnel.

The point of this visit was to establish contacts and find common interests of two Olympic capitals in experience exchange of preparing staff for the Olympic Games. Educational consulting firm from London also plans to monitor knowledge level of English language among Sochi residents, students, and hotels’ personnel. Meanwhile city administration has set difficult goal for city’s teachers – to teach all residents at least one foreign language! Currently, out of 400 000+ residents only 10% know foreign languages in adequate level.

Sochi teachers will visit London in April, after which a document will be signed between two cities on educational tourism.

Google doodle 2014

Olympics 2014, Other stories October 2nd, 2007

This is old news, but I didn’t even know, that had logo to honour Sochi’s Olympic bid win… cool! : )

Google doodle Sochi 2014

The Olympic organizing committee is formed

Olympics 2014, Sochi News October 2nd, 2007

The Organizing Committee for the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi has officially been formed today. It will be responsible for the preparation and organization of the Olympic Games, and will report to the International Olympic Committee.

As was expected, Dmitry Chernyshenko is appointed chief executive officer of the organizing committee, and the Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov is appointed head of supervisory board.

The Organizing Committee will be ensuring that Read the rest of this entry »

Putin: Olympic laws must be passed before 2008

Olympics 2014 October 2nd, 2007

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that laws pertaining to the future winter Olympic Games in Sochi must be passed before the end of 2007.

“One of the primary tasks is to devise proper regulations. The necessary Olympic laws must be passed before the end of this year,” Putin said at a session of the Presidential Council for Physical Education, Sports and preparations for the Olympic Games on Tuesday.

The Russian government and the presidential administration must include Sochi and Krasnodar representatives in the working group preparing these laws “so that all interests of the residents of these areas are taken into account,” Putin said.

Source: Interfax

Three month later: uncertainty among Sochi residents

Development, Olympics 2014, Sochi News October 1st, 2007

So, as I mentioned in my previous post I recently spent two weeks in Sochi. Actually, I spent a little less there, as I went to Nebug, a small town north of Sochi, for a couple of days with my friends.

Since I came back everyone, who heard about Sochi’s Olympic future, keeps asking me what’s being done for the Olympics, what has changed – but what could change in two month?! Not much. Nothing, in fact, changed so far. We arrived to the same old airport terminal, no major constructions throughout the city, though I haven’t visited Krasnaya Polyana this time, where I hear some road constructions are on the way.

Well, some thing have changed, but not related to the Olympic bid win. New night clubs opened, such as “Platforma” club in the sea, which instantly overtook a crown from club “Malibu” as most popular open-air club in Sochi. Many places with beautiful landscaping jobs now have green highlights at night – this makes everything look beautiful. The public transportation problem as bad ad ever, and is worsened by the increasing amount of traffic in the city. At times the traffic in Sochi is as bad as it is in Moscow or Manhattan during peak hours. I almost missed my flight to Moscow sitting in the traffic. Of course, this goes back to the “roads problem” that our government promises to fix by the Olympics.

While I was there, the preparations to host the The Sixth International Investment Forum and following visits by Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, and the President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge were on the way. This caused some roads to be closed, which just added problems for drivers in Sochi, and subsequently increased taxi ride prices for the rest.

One major change, however, did take place – Read the rest of this entry »

Sochi gives Rogge a warm reception

Olympics 2014, Sochi News October 1st, 2007

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Palm trees and sunbathing holidaymakers surrounded International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge on his first visit to the city that will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

It was hard, perhaps, to picture biathlon and cross-country skiing taking place here but Rogge, by his own admission, was taken aback by the natural beauty of the area and the warm hospitality of the people.

“I am not used to having this kind of weather at a Winter Olympic city,” Rogge told Reuters in an interview at a seaside restaurant during his one-day trip to this Black Sea resort last week at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Still, this is a lovely place and I must say that holding the Winter Games in Sochi is a good idea.”

IOC executive director Gilbert Felli and Alpine skiing great Jean-Claude Killy, who accompanied Rogge on his visit, were equally impressed.

“The mountains are majestic, with a proper set-up you can make a great downhill course, very demanding,” said Killy, who won all three men’s Alpine skiing gold medals on offer at the 1968 Grenoble Olympics.

Regarded by some Olympic experts as rank outsiders, Sochi beat South Korea’s Pyeongchang and Austria’s Salzburg at the IOC session in Guatemala in July for the right to stage sport’s major winter festival.

Read the rest of this article at Reuters website »

Dmitry Chernyshenko is to be announced chief executive officer of Sochi 2014 organizing committee

Olympics 2014 October 1st, 2007

IOC President Jacques Rogge was told during an informal meeting with President Vladimir Putin earlier today, that Dmitry Chernyshenko is to be appointed as the CEO of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee.

Commenting on the news, Chernyshenko said:

“Managing the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Organizing Committee is a great honor and responsibility for me. In the next 7 years we have to create the best possible conditions for hosting the Games at the highest level. To this end we have formed the most effective project management structure for achieving this result. Our cooperation with the IOC and our Games preparation process had not stopped for a minute since Sochi’s victory in Guatemala. Since then, we have been building upon the experience and international contacts gained during the bidding process to ensure we meet and exceed the highest standards of the Olympic Movement.”

As a part of the meeting, Vice-premier Alexander Zhukov was named as the Head of Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s Supervisory Board, while Semen Vainshtok was named as the Head of State Corporation responsible for development of infrastructure and Olympic construction.

The official announcement of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s senior management will be made next week at the meeting of the President’s Council on physical culture, sport and 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games preparation. The council will include premier minister Viktor Zubkov, vice-prime minister Zhukov, Minister of Regional Development Kozak, Veinshtock, Minister of Finances, First Vice-premier Kudrin, businessman Vladimir Potanin, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev, Minister of Sport Vyacheslav Fetisov, representatives of Sochi City and Krasnodar region administration. Dmitry Chernyshenko is also to be announced as Secretary General of this council. press release

Selecting mascot for Sochi Olympics!

Olympics 2014 July 23rd, 2007

I thought I was special. But I guess I’m not… :)
There are a couple of comments from in my previous post on Sochi Olympic mascot, I was wondering if it could possibly be from the Sochi-2014 team. But then found this same text on few other Russian sites, mostly forums and news discussion boards. It’s someone’s way to reach to the Internet community to get as many votes as possible, let’s just hope this “someone” is on Sochi-2014’s organizational team :)

In any event, I’ve translated this list, and added some comments for things that may not be obvious for foreigners, hopefully this helps you understand some of those picks.

So, what do you think should be Sochi’s Olympic mascot?!!

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New Olympics are born

Olympics 2014, Russia July 23rd, 2007

Several newborn girls in Chelyabinsk were named Olimpiada (“Olympics” in Russian), reports First Channel TV. I knew something like this would happen… really! This name is used in Russia, but it was never popular (well, actually, I don’t know what was going on with baby naming during Olympics in Moscow :)). Diminutive form of this name is Lipa.

Sledge-bobsled course in Sochi will be longest and fastest in the World

Development, Olympics 2014, Sochi News July 17th, 2007

According to preliminary calculations, the sledge and bobsled course to be constructed for Olympic Gmes in Sochi will be longest and fastest in the World. This will be thwe second bobsled course in Russia, the construction of the first one will be completed some time next year near Moscow. Head coach of the Russian bobsled team said that Moscow course will most likely be used mostly for training and testing on new bobsleds, while Sochi’s course will most likely become course for competitions.

Organizers of Olympics in Sochi will learn from Vancouver

Olympics 2014 July 17th, 2007

Russian Olympic Committee is planning to sign a contract with OC of Vancouver – the host of the Winter Olympics 2010 – to allow Russian organizers to observe the process of Olympics preparations in Canada. They will also study preparation experiences of other host cities from previous Olympic Games.

Sochi Olympics Mascot Contest

Olympics 2014, Russia July 12th, 2007

Chebu - Russian Olympic mascotOk, there’s no official contest for Olympics 2014. Not yet anyways. However Sochi-2014 organizational team promised in the recent interview that the Mascot will be selected through public contest. So, people didn’t wait long to overwhelm them with ideas :) It seems most people want to see a bear as a mascot for Sochi Olympics. All kind of “bear” ideas were sent organizational team’s way, from reusing “Mishka” of 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow (everyone in Russia adores him! :)) to other “Mishkas” from cartoons and famous paintings. Other, more exotic, ideas include ski-jumping dolphin, a seagull (the last name of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation, Chaika, means “seagull” in Russian; he was just selected to keep an eye on Olympic money spending), and five (for Olympic rings) gas pipelines with flames :o) But it is very likely that Cheburashka, current Russian Olympic Team mascot, will become Sochi Games mascot. Besides, (american) people confuse it with a bear all the time anyways, I have one in my office : )

Moscow Olympic Mishka
Mascot of the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow

I personally think, that most likely the mascot will be created by the professionals (please, God, make them NOT select the same ones that did London’s logo!), and they just want to see what people want, and to keep up the excitement.

So, do you have an idea for Sochi Olympics mascot? If you do, you can send it to the head of Sochi-2014 team Dmitry Chernyshenko to

Cheburashka in my office
Chebu in my office :)

Making money on Sochi’s success

Olympics 2014, Other stories, Sochi-Travel.Info July 12th, 2007

You probably have noticed I’ve added a couple more banners to the site. These are affiliate programs I’m trying out to see if they can make me rich :) So far they’ve been proven useless, but I’ll give it a few weeks try. Another way people make money on things like this (like new Olympics host city becomes known) is cybersquatting. I’ll admit, I bought a few domain names with Sochi in it, but don’t really like any of ‘em and don’t know what to do with them yet. I’ve never done anything like this before. Most likely I’ll release many of them next year.

Anyways, the reason I started talking about this is there are two domains are being sold on auction site:, with minimum bid of €2500 (and there’s one person bidding already), and, with minimum bid of …  €3 000 000. It’s very unlikely he’ll be able to sell it for anywhere close to this price, though.