2014 Winter Olympic bid

2014 Winter Olympic bid

SofiaEcho, 12.06.2006

2014 Winter Olympic bid: Interview On June 22, it will be known whether Sofia will advance in its bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. In Lausanne, Switzerland, the International Olympic Committee will announce which of the candidate cities will go through to the next round of selection. The Sofia Echo interviewed the vice-president of the Bulgarian applicant committee, Svetla Otzetova. Q: What are Sofias chances of winning the bid? A: Its very difficult to talk about real chances, especially at this preliminary stage. Right now, our main goal is to get into the shortlist. Currently, we are just an applicant city, while after June 22, we may become a real candidate. Unfortunately, we do not know how many cities will be shortlisted. It could be two, three, or four, and I would not be surprised if the number reaches five. I remember that there were seven applicant cities for the most recent Summer Olympics and the final competition was among five of them. At this stage, experts will assess our capacity to host the Games. The question is not whether we are the best. Its more about whether we correspond to world standards. The outcome on June 22 depends on these experts and not on the IOC. The experts give a report to the IOC, which the committee then makes public. This system of sifting was done for the first time for the Summer Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. In the beginning, there were 11 applicant cities, but most of them obviously had a lot of work to do in order to achieve world standards. All we have now is just plans, but afterwards we shall have to implement them by ensuring the financial support for ecological research, building sports facilities, and so on. We have the support of the Bulgarian Government, and the backing of the city authorities. After June 22, apart from putting our plans into action, we shall starting a massive promotion of Sofia 2014 abroad. At this stage, we are not allowed to do PR outside our borders. Afterwards, lobbying abroad becomes a very important issue. Q: As a former Olympic champion, you know exactly the meaning of the Olympic spirit and how important it is to become a member of the Olympic family of the cities and countries that have already hosted Games. A: As a former participant in two Olympic Games, I now have the opportunity to see the matter from another point of view. Moreover, I am an official counsellor to the Summer Olympic applicant cities. It is the second time in my career that I am involved in preparations for the Winter Games. As we all know, it is the third time that Bulgaria is a candidate, and I participated in our campaign in 1982/1984. And its very difficult to explain to people who come and say to us: ???We were part of the former organisation, we did things in this way and it was correct then... that its not possible to remain the same 20 years later. Everything has changed since 1982, especially in the media sphere. The new requirements are very high and it has taken a lot of work to cover the new criteria. But I have a lot of experience in advising applicants, in doing different projects, that helps me to see whole picture, to realise what is important and what is not. Q: Is the fact that this is Bulgarias third attempt an advantage? A: Of course, our former attempts are of great importance to us. We are using the architects from our previous bids and so we are not starting from the very beginning. Apart from Vitosha, we are also using the other ski resorts, in Bansko and Borovets, where everything is up to the most modern standards. We can show off these right now, while Vitosha is not exactly a place worth showing to foreigners. We have got a lot of criticism about this. But in Sofia there are the main activities - the media centre, the Olympic village, accommodation for the IOC, the conference halls, and so on. All the newly-built sport facilities will be used after the event itself. Our interview with Svetla Otzetova continues in the sport section of next weeks issue. Learn more about Bulgarias strong points ahead of the other six applicants, Sochi (Russia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Salzburg (Austria), Pyongyang (Republic of Korea), Jaca (Spain) and Borjomi (Georgia).
     
  • Tommyboy From Scotland
    Sent on 07 April 2018
    5th time skiing in Bansko, have been here over Xmas period and Easter break, hasn't always been a lot of snow but enough to ski for five days. It is a good value for money skiing holiday for those on a budget, food very good value and varied depending on taste, some restaurants better than others, again depending on personal taste. Not to sure what the nightlife is like as we stay in our timeshare resort The Balkan Jewel which is 3 > 4 miles out of Bansko, they operate a free shuttle bus but the last one back from town is at 4.30pm therefore going back into town would require the use of taxis. I am sure we will be back in the future.
  • Mitko From Bulgaria
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    Dear all, Borovets is a nice place to be, but it is risky to ski there. The slopes for advanced skiers are crossing the slopes for beginners and the slopes are negligently prepared with icy spots and snow heap places. This all is a precondition for accidents. The ski lifts are maintained all on the surface, they stop frequently and the gondola had to be scrapped years ago. So be careful when skiing in Borovets!
  • Lene willsea From N.i
    Sent on 28 February 2018
    I love Pomporova. Its our home from home.We first went in 2008, the airport was a portacabin and the lifts were a dangling wooden chair.. The place improves year on year. I would highly recommend it. VERY CHEAP once ur there. But with all upgrades the prices to travel are clinbing. Jumped 200 in two yrs.
  • Neo From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2018
    The hotel it’s a brilliant idea however there are aspects you would be surprised to stumble upon We arrived late at night about 10pm. Greater by a very polite hostes she kindly provided us with prepacked sandwiches as the restaurant closed at 9pm ( we called in advance to ask if such is possible especially when you have young ckranky from long travel hours in multiple travel vechicles The room very spatious. Bed cover had some suspicious sticky stains that absolutely horrified me at the thought that my children could possibly put their tiny hands on to that. One of the bath robes provided had a black stain on its back, the other bath robe had its pocket thorn out and just hanging. There was a massive flaky, mouldy, damp patch in the corner on the ceiling. The toilet was leaking on the floor. Breakfast food was cold and rancid with a queue for pncakes quite long and very impatient as pancakes was the only food that you could have still warm. Boiled eggs were cold and so hard the yolk was dusty . Fried eggs were dry... won’t even go to details about the rest of the food. As the drinks offered to be purchased by the restaurant aren’t the healthiest of choice for children (all the juices on choice contained added multiple preserving agents and colourants) we asked if possible to have some tap water. It proved to be a terrible mistake, we were told that yes but we would have to pay for it, then told that if they bring a jug for us everyone else will be asking for it, then he brought a manager who was more rude than the server and plainly put it that even if we have children asking for water we would have to buy bottled water and she is not prepared to give us water for free, unnecessarily often stressing the ‘free’ word. There are far more many good things that are good about this hotel. It’s main let down it’s restaurant staff who are poor hospitality professionals and frankly plain rude.
  • Nigel Buckle From United Kingdom
    Sent on 17 December 2017
    I have stayed at the Orlovetz for 6 out of the last 8 years and will be returning in 2018 for another week. It has become my 'Winter retreat'. A modern hotel that stands out due to its prominent position and its design. The rooms are comfortable and warm with plenty of wardrobe space and an area to relax. The safe is in the wardrobe, which is really useful for your valuables. There is a decently equipped gym, a small pool (though you can also use the larger pool in the Perelik as well) a Sauna and massage treatments, great for those aches from the first days of skiing ! The restaurant was made larger a couple of years ago and now accommodates more guests. Both breakfast and dinner are buffet style, the food, in general, is of good quality and there usually at least four different options at dinner. There is a small bar in the lobby area and a Piano Bar on the top floor that has stunning views across the surrounding district. As it is the sister hotel to the Perelik there is a tunnelway that links the two and saves you going out in the snow if you choose to use the alternative facilities provided there. One of them being 'The Pub' (previously known as the Pampi Bar) plus a couple of night clubs and a bowling alley. Also as the Orlovetz is just across from the Schnezanka it is only a short walk to Daks Bar, often used as the first mornings meeting place for your ski passes etc.,which is a lively night spot with live music and very popular. In all a great Hotel within a great small town, try it , Pamper yourself !
  • Liz From England
    Sent on 19 November 2017
    I went with my daughter January 2018. I was a cheap half board flights included and we wasn’t expecting much.... but what a fantastic week we had!! Stayed at the Lion hotel which is about a 10-15 minute walk to the slopes/town. A free shuttle is provide by the hotel. The hotel and staff are lovely. The food was always varied and hot. My daughter and I are vegetarians and in only two nights were we disappointed with the choice - but we heaped up on pudding so didn’t go hungry. Am lucky enough to be going back in 2018.
  • val From United Kingdom
    Sent on 15 February 2017
    group of us just back from borovets.we arrived 4th feb 2017 and departed 11th feb.had a great time.hotel rila was fab.great gym and spa.food was good.ski school was great.we had a really good instructor Martin Hristov.he was really good with everyone took time to try and learn everyone.we all had a great time thankyou.will be back next yearx
  • Alison From England
    Sent on 15 January 2017
    I wonder if the poor review is really about the Winslow Elegance. We have been going for years. It does not serve food and never has done. However, the spacious accommodation is for self-catering. We have always found it to be clean and we have always found that the reception staff can not do enough for you. We are looking forward to our next visit in February, 2017, Bring it on!!
  • RobJ From UK
    Sent on 01 January 2017
    Had a great week over xmas there - Hotel Lion was great, didn't see any lift queues but I did get there early. Easy blues for the most part, not loads for the advanced skier but great for beginners and families. I had more fun here than Chamonix last year at the same time. Bottom line ...manage your expectations... it is more than value for money but don't expect Whistler.
  • Pepa From Madrid
    Sent on 24 August 2016
    Un citio presioso pero todo lo demas mentira.la comida,el personal muy mal.No lo recomiendo a nadie.Es una publicidad engañosa.Y de All inclusive nada.No se dejen engañar por las paginas web.Por desgracia en Bulgaria todavia el consumidor no es nadie.
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