SOCHI, November 8, 2012 - Journalists covering the
2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will benefit from free Wifi in all media
areas for the first time at an Olympics.
The decision to give free Internet access to the media was announced by
Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi organising committee, at the World
Press Briefing on Thursday.
will be available in all areas used by the media including the MPC, venues,
mixed zones and accommodation. It will give journalists free access to the
Games Info system.
Members of the
media who need a more robust service than can be provided by wifi will be able
to buy a package costing 125 US dollars for cabled access at the MPC and
More than 200
representatives of the world's media attended the World Press Briefing held in
the Black Sea resort from November 6-9. They toured the two venue clusters
being built - the Coastal cluster at Adler, around 35 kms from the city of
Sochi, on the Black Sea where the ice events are being staged and the mountain
cluster at Krasnaya Polyana around 50kms away where the snow competitions will
All the venues have
been built from scratch and new road and rail links connecting the two clusters
are being constructed. Test events will be held at most events in the coming
winter. The Games will open on
February 7, 2014 and close on February 23. The Paralympics will follow from
March 7 to March 16.
There will be
a total of 98 events, 69 in the mountains and 29 on the coast. Among new events
are a figure skating team competition, a biathlon mixed relay, a luge team
relay and a new freestyle skiing event, the slopestyle for men and women.
Accommodation for the media will be at
hotels close to the Olympic Park in Adler, which is also within easy range of
Sochi airport, and in the mountain area which will also be close to all the