Russi-ing to the next Olympics…

With the next Winter Olympics approaching in less than 100 days and the Paralympics under 120 days, Sochi is excited and ready for their first ever held Winter Olympics…..

Time to get a little excited:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ouk7yLHI6i8

And a view of the beautiful country and the Olympic project progress:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hArK209Jp6g

 

With the responsibility of hosting such a huge event, comes goals and visions that are desirable to obtain in terms of reflecting their country.

The mission of the Sochi 2014 Olympic project is to organize and stage innovative Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, which will express the character of the new Russia and bring sustainable positive changes for the entire country.

According to the Sochi’s Olympic/Paralympics Organizing Committee the “sustainable positive changes” from that quote can be defined as “as the implementation of programs, activities and other efforts aimed at creating long-lasting positive social, economic and environmental benefits with efficient use of resources and state-of-the-art development management technologies.”

The Games Mission consists of nine elements-known as The Russian Diamond. Those include:

  1. Excellence
  2. Efficiency
  3. Integration
  4. Hospitality
  5. Unity
  6. Uniqueness
  7. Respect
  8. Legacy
  9. Harmony

Sochi 2014

But the question stands: Are the strategies that the Sochi organizing committee outlined for a sustainable hallmark event achievable? 

According to Joanna M. Foster from Climate Process, wrote an article expressing her worry about Sochi’s “Zero Waste” program meaning “out of sight.” Villagers have complained about illegal dumping and reports have shown this isn’t the first time Russia has been accused of not living up to its Olympic Sustainability promises.

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/10/30/2862451/sochi-sustainable-olympics/

I believe that it is great to address and discuss all their visions, projects and plans to achieve the goals. But if they are going to be effective with their visions, they must follow The Russian Diamond as well and be honest with themselves as well as the world. Some points need a reasonable, measurable way on determining if things are going to plan. But I support and believe that we are going in the right direction with this upcoming Olympics/Paralympics by establishing an effective use of resources and technologies to successfully conduct a positive social, economic and environmental benefit and still expressing the beautiful culture of the country.

Below is the Sochi 2014 Sustainability Report:

http://sochi2014.blob.core.windows.net/storage/games/strategy/report/Sochi%202014%20Sustainability%20Report%202011-2012%20ENG.pdf

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