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).
     
  • 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.
  • Juglena Bankova From Bulgaria
    Sent on 13 May 2016
    Nie byakhme tam na Velikden i pisha malko kŭsno. No vpechatleniata sa ni poveche ot prekrasni! Velikolepna kuhnia (ne savetvat jenite na dieta, da hodiat za poveche ot tri dni, zashtoto yastiyata sa neustoimi, vkusni i ogromni)! Great stil! I mnogo priaten personal!(osobeno damata v restoranta) Pozdravleniya !
  • ger99 From turkey
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    We loved it. Had a perfect 2 bedroom apartment modern, clean new renovated With view to slope. Perfect location in pamporovo as central ski in ski out. Friendly staff, not ovr crowded relaxed athmosphere. our friends (group with total of 7 rooms) all very happy! It is away from city center but close to bowling and 2 nice reaturans.
  • ashley hensman From uk
    Sent on 01 March 2015
    Flora is a lovely hotel clean in a great location and the food was good just make sure you use the safes.
  • Enjoy ski From UK
    Sent on 27 February 2015
    Just came back from Sevlievo in Bulgaria. Drove up to Hotel Impulse in Uzana where I hired skis, boots and poles for myself and two children for just 17 levs for adult and 10 levs each child and used the hotel ski slope 5 levs each. Perfect for the kids first time as parking right at entrance to hotel and slope is 20m walk! Food in restaurant tasty and cheap. Perfect for beginners!
  • Charlotte Hennessy From england
    Sent on 23 February 2015
    WOW, thats all i can say about the previous week of my life. The snow conditions were amazing and the people were so friendly. The night life was always active and the rila hotel was especially fantastic. I loved the accommodation at the rila and i loved the way it is right on the slope. I wouldn't have changed a thing about the holiday and i would recommend this resort to everyone including beginners and experts. Overall, i had an amazing time!!!
  • Brian mcvey From Scotland
    Sent on 20 February 2015
    Going to borovets for 2nd time this time with my son. Had a great time 4 years ago, now with park I expect it to be a lot better now and it was brill last time round. 20 days and counting
  • Lasse WP From Denmark
    Sent on 15 February 2015
    We just had a wonderful trip to Pamporovo. We were a group of 10 adults, and 3 small children (1 to 3 years old), who stayed at the Castle complex, in 4 apartments, for a week (7 days stay, 6 days skiing) Everything at the Castle was great, and the staff was very forthcoming and helpful in every way. The apartments were very practical, and equipped with all necessities. Not luxurious, but really good and adequate in size and layout. You should note though, that towels are not changed every day. Towels are not needed to bring to the spa area and treatments. The food at the Excalibur restaurant was typical for the area, and well prepared. The staff at the restaurant is also great. The Castle complex is situated 2-3 km. from Ski center 2 (Malina). It is of course easiest if you are driving, but there are shuttles from the hotel to the ski center and lift. Ski in-/out is possible at the backside of the complex. We had booked ski- and snowboard packages, and that worked out perfectly as well. The snowboard instructor was a true professional. Patient and very focused on making sure that all of us learned the moves, at our own individual pace. Everyone had a great time, and learned a lot. The area was perfect for us, as we are all beginners on snowboards. Had we been on skies, I suspect the terrain would not be challenging enough for an entire week. We can definitely recommend Pamporovo, and the Castle complex, and will be back next year.
  • james From england
    Sent on 05 February 2015
    Lovely apartments bang on yasterbets slopes. Great spa and swimming pool and cheaper prices than borovets for food and beer. Best hotel and facilites in borovets
  • Jayne Gay From England
    Sent on 25 January 2015
    Just got back from Bansko what a fabulous week. A party of 6 which includes our daughter's aged 20-24 and the night life for them was great. No long queues, food good and we cannot wait for next year!
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