IOC officials visit Sochi to check on 2014 preparations

Associated Press

10/9/2012 10:06:36 AM

SOCHI, Russia -- With the opening of the games less than 500 days away, IOC officials are back in Russia to check on preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The IOC co-ordination commission began a three-day visit to the Black Sea resort on Tuesday to inspect progress in construction, transportation, accommodation and other key areas.

The IOC panel, headed by French ski great Jean-Claude Killy, last visited Sochi in February.

The IOC says the commission will tour some of the mountain venues, including the national sliding centre and ski jump, cross-country and biathlon sites.

The visit comes two days after Sochi organizers announced the route of the Olympic torch relay, the longest in Winter Games history covering 65,000 kilometres (40,000 miles).

A news conference will be held Thursday.