With the Olympic torch relay set to begin this weekend, the International Olympic Committee has given a final vote of approval to Sochi, the host of the upcoming Winter Games.
IOC officials made their last inspection of the Black Sea resort this week, visiting the coastal facilities and the venues in the mountains.
“We often say that there is no time to waste as the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony, and this still stands true,” said Jean-Claude Killy, the former skier who now serves as IOC coordination commission chairman. “But to see how far the local organizers have come over the last six years is quite simply remarkable."
Preparations for these Olympics have been accompanied by reports of delays and cost overruns. With Russian President Vladimir Putin closely involved, the total tab is estimated at a record-setting $50 billion.