IOC visit Sochi again to check on preparations

With the Olympics less than a year away, IOC inspectors are

visiting Sochi again to check on preparations for the 2014 Winter

Games.

The IOC coordination commission, headed by Jean-Claude Killy,

began two days of meetings and site visits Tuesday in the Black Sea

resort.

It is the panel’s ninth and second-to-last trip to Sochi before

the opening of the games on Feb. 7, 2014. Russia is spending more

than $50 billion on venues and infrastructure projects to prepare

for its first Winter Games.

Also taking part in this week’s meetings are leaders of the

seven winter sports federations on the Olympic program.

The IOC says talks will cover games operations, the torch relay,

technology and the ”client experience” for athletes, national

Olympic committees, spectators and media.