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THE OLYMPIC RIVER PLAN IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPACT IN HISTORY
The Moscow 2012 Bid Committee has designed a comprehensive Olympic and Paralympic Games concept in full conformity with the instructions of the IOC and the IPC. Our plan is focused on achieving the highest level of technical and operational excellence for the athletes, and to ensure their greatest comfort and safety during the Games.
The Olympic River concept demonstrates this commitment by ensuring that the needs of the athletes, the Olympic Family and the media are addressed in our planning. Our plan assures this by proposing the most compact and efficient Games plan in history:
- All major venue clusters are within 15-20 minutes of the Olympic Village, along the Moscow River
- All athletes will be domiciled in a single Olympic Village
- All major venues are within walking distance to the Moscow public transportation system
- All events are to be held within Moscow city limits
- Some 65% of our venues already exist, negating the need for massive new construction budgets
- The MPC and IBC are within 5-10 minutes of walking distance to the Olympic Village and 15-20 minutes by bus of the five major venue clusters.
All of the Moscow 2012 venues will leave significant legacies for the people of Moscow and indeed all Russians. Our objective is to emulate the tremendous sports legacy left by the 1980 Games which has benefited both Russian and international athletes for over 24 years.
Our sports concept stipulates maximum use of permanent and existing venues. The Olympic River plan includes 88% of permanent competition venues and 65% of existing venues. Our existing venues will undergo thorough renovation to meet all Summer IF technical requirements and standards by 2012. The corresponding agreements with all 28 IFs have been signed.
Our vision of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in Moscow is based on a single concept of the Olympic and Paralympic Games that comprises a single festival of human spirit and potential irrespective of the physical abilities of the participants and spectators of these Games. It should be emphasized that the athletes of both Games will enjoy the same competition and non-competition infrastructure, including the Olympic and Media Villages, IBC and MPC, all appropriately adjusted to the specific needs of the Paralympians.
Moscow 2012's Olympic Village will occupy an area currently not in use and specifically intended for development and rehabilitation by the Moscow City authorities. By 2012, it will be converted into a picturesque green space with up-to-date housing and all the necessary infrastructure, communications, amenities and services. The proposed location of the Olympic Village will ensure quick and easy access to the city transportation system, and the dedicated Olympic transport (buses, mini-buses) will ensure maximum convenience and minimised travel time to airports, Olympic venues, the city centre and its major sights.
Our Olympic Village will boast the latest in environmentally-friendly construction techniques and fully equipped amenities. The Village will be state-of-the-art not only in construction, but also in the areas of telecommunications, security and transport. This approach to design and construction will provide athletes greater comfort and relaxation and will enhance their preparation experience for competitions.
After the Games, the Village will contribute to the City's housing needs, as already exemplified by the 1980 Olympiad and the 1998 International Youth Games.