Sochi Olympics 2014

  • “Among the many ways that sustainability has been defined, the simplest and most fundamental is: “the ability to sustain” or, put another way, “the capacity to endure.” © 2010 SustainAbilityCompany

I believe the plans for a sustainable hallmark event are possible. Having the Olympic Games in the city is a great way to bring in people from all around the world. This is usually a good thing for such a beautiful place. The businesses in the area also thrive around and during this time because of all the people. Hotels and restaurants become flooded and even small businesses as well.

“The Sochi 2014 Sustainability Award <<Gateway to the Future>> for contributions to sustainable positive changes within the staging of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (hereinafter-Games, Award) was created to recognize significant social, environmental, and economic contributions” http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/award/

Russia has some main objectives for a healthy lifestyle. They are trying to promote it, develop medical support for professional sport, and give security and health to employees and participants in large events. To do this they are pushing to make a healthy lifestyle, physical education and sport more popular, making it more available for the youth to participate, wanting to stage more large scale entertainment of sport, and

“Developing a system of medical services and increasing the quality of medical services provided in the framework of the preparation and staging of the Games.” http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/strategy/sustainability/life/

Because they are trying to do all of this I see this being one aspect that makes them a good, sustainable place for holding the winter Olympics.

Of course with so many people in the city it will be a challenge to keep it clean. The 2014 Winter Olympics were supposed to be free of waste but sadly that failed. Any amount of recycling and reusing from an event so big can be huge though.

In conclusion, I certainly see a range of struggles that will be faced in preparing these games but I believe it will be made possible.

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