All facilities for Sochi Olympics to be commissioned on time: Putin

2012-12-08 17:10:24 GMT2012-12-09 01:10:24(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MOSCOW, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday called for a final push to complete on time the construction of all the facilities for Sochi Olympics.

"I am pointing out to all my colleagues that the final stage is the most important and the most responsible step for the games," said Putin.

He said more than 80 percent of the funding provided for the Olympics would be invested in infrastructure construction in Russian resort city of Sochi and tens of thousands of people would be involved in the process.

Putin said the government will continue to pay much attention to the preparation of the Olympic Games.

"The Olympics are a holiday," the president said, adding that against a backdrop of the world financial crisis, it's a positive signal not only for our country, but a signal coming from Russia aimed at raising people's mood and showing what they have is not only problems, but also festivals.

"We will do everything on time and properly," he added.

Meanwhile, Putin expected that Russian athletes should have an opportunity to train at all of these facilities "so that we can have a natural competitive advantage by being in our native facilities."

In addition, Putin went to the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, which will host figure skating in the 2014 Winter Olympics, to watch the ISU Grand Prix figure skating finals.

The Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi under the motto of "Hot. Cool. Yours" will open on Feb. 7, 2014 and run until Feb. 23. The Games will feature 98 medal events, 12 more than the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

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