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SBD/November 5, 2013/Olympics
New IOC President Holds Closed-Door Summit On Doping, Bidding Process, World Cup
Published November 5, 2013
SOCHI UNCERTAINTY: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Anne Jolis notes Russia President Vladimir Putin is "still waiting for contractors to finish the main stadium and other key infrastructure" for the '14 Sochi Games, "after six years and the most extreme cost overruns in Olympic history." The Black Sea resort "remains an Olympic-size hard-hat zone." Along with 30 new venues "directly related to the Games and scores more hotels, transport hubs and medical facilities, the city of fewer than 400,000 people also needed about 900 miles of utility networks and communication lines." To pull it off "while avoiding blackouts, the city is more than doubling its grid capacity." The main stadium is "still draped in scaffolding." Russian state-owned architecture firm Olympstroy "did not address emailed follow-up questions about the latest cost estimates for its venues" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/5).