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The focus and spirit of all Olympic Games centres on athletes and sport. Our vision is based on our Olympic River concept which concentrates most Olympic venues along the Moscow River for one of the most compact plans in Olympic history. Our goal is to make the Moscow 2012 Games one of the most enjoyable and most efficient in history for all athletes, Olympic Family members, media and spectators. Moscow’s Olympic River concept is in many ways a return to rational organization based on maximum utilization of existing infrastructure and technical excellence. This will be accomplished by several means:
- Moscow’s plan utilizes many existing venues thus lessening the need for ever-increasing new venue construction budgets and construction time lines extending to the Games period itself.
- Moscow’s plan is the most compact in Games history, for the first time virtually all Olympic competitions will be held within the limits of the Host City, ensuring a more comfortable and convenient atmosphere for the athletes, Olympic Family, media and spectators.
- Moscow is a leader in creating sustainable sports legacies; actually all of the 1980 Games venues are still in use by the people of Moscow. We will ensure that this legacy continues after the 2012 Games.
Motivation behind the choice of location of key Olympic infrastructure
The Olympic River concept incorporates the Moscow River and its inspirational role in the life of our city and region as a central theme of the Games. Speed and ease of access to all venues from the Olympic Village is a priority in our planning. Secondly, we recognize that members of the Olympic Family and accredited media will also enjoy the benefits of fast, convenient and secure access to the competition venues. The plan locates the main Olympic venues in a series of «venue clusters» predominately along the Moscow River, placing them within 5-10 km of each other with easy access to and from the city center by all modes of transportation.
Luzhniki Olympic Complex – the main sports arena of the 1980 Olympic Games – remains central in our Olympic concept. Opening and Closing Ceremonies as well as competitions in athletics, football, swimming, synchronized swimming, boxing, badminton, hockey and wrestling are planned to be held here. The total capacity of the complex is over 100,000 seats. Luzhniki is situated along the Moscow River and is surrounded by 90 hectares of scenic park space and greenery. The entire complex lies opposite the beautiful Vorobiovy (Sparrow) Hills Natural Park. The majestic Moscow State University grounds and observation area, a popular gathering place for Muscovites and tourists alike, overlooks the Olympic park complex.
Krylatskoye Sports Complex, since the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, this site has served as home to multiple sports including a unique rowing course, a velodrome and a cycling route. The newly-built Indoor Sports Centre is intended to accommodate the 2012 Olympic table tennis and weightlifting competitions. A Canoe-Kayak Slalom Course and Baseball Stadium will be specially built for the 2012 Games. The Krylatskoye district is partly situated within the Moskvoretsky (Moscow River) Natural Park and is one of the city’s cleanest ecological areas.
The Olympiysky Sports Complex – one of the largest universal sports complexes in Eastern Europe comprising an indoor stadium and an aquatic centre (two pools). This facility, yet another venue of the 1980 Olympic legacy, is once again ready to host volleyball, basketball and aquatic sports competitions such as water polo and high diving. The complex is situated on Olympiysky Avenue, named in commemoration of the Moscow Olympiad-1980.
Bitza Equestrian Complex – a third venue of the existing Moscow Olympic legacy, this complex will host the equestrian and modern pentathlon competitions. The Centre location is an exception from the general Concept as it flanks the Bitzevsky Wood Natural Park, some 10 km South-West of the Moscow River.
Tushino Sports Complex – will be situated on the site of a former airdrome which will be converted to permanent Baseball and Softball Stadiums. The archery field, shooting centre and beach volleyball stadium are to be specially built here for the 2012 Games as well.
The Olympic Village will be located in Mnevniki, a beautiful undeveloped area only 8–10 minutes from Luzhniki via an existing modern highway. Travel times for athletes to other competition venues will average 5-20 minutes. The farthest venue – the Klyazma Sailing Centre – is just over an hour away. The Media Village, IBC and the MPC will be situated on the river bank opposite the Olympic Village.
All the Olympic sites, including the most remote Sailing Centre are within 50-km radius from the city centre, which once again emphasises Moscow’s unique capacity to stage the Olympic Games within one city. All athletes will be accommodated in a single Olympic Village within Moscow, and transferred to the training and competition venues by dedicated motor transport.