October 18, 2011
World Curling Federation (WCF) President Kate Caithness declared herself delighted with the progress made to date by the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Organising Committee following the WCF’s first official visit to the Olympic venue in Russia last week.
Accompanied by WCF Secretary General Colin Grahamslaw and WCF Director of Competitions Keith Wendorf, President Caithness held meetings at the Sochi 2014 headquarters in Moscow before visiting Sochi to see the construction progress.
While in Moscow, the WCF discussed the important Memorandum of Understanding document between the organising committee and the WCF and also preparations for the two forthcoming curling competition test events, the World Junior and World Wheelchair Curling Championships, due to be held in 2013.
During the visit to the Sochi site President Caithness was impressed by the scale of the Olympic building project, seeing not only the “Ice Cube” Curling Center but also taking in the Olympic Village, Media and Broadcasting Centre and the other adjacent Ice Sport Venues in the Olympic Coastal Cluster.
President Caithness said: “It was great to meet the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee in person and discuss some key issues ahead of our forthcoming test events. We were also delighted to be given the opportunity to visit the vast construction taking place in the Olympic Park.”
She added: “The development of the facilities and venues is very impressive and we are pleased that the Olympic Curling Venue is on track to be completed by July 2012 in time for two of our key events, the World Junior and World Wheelchair Curling Championships in 2013.”
The World Wheelchair Curling Championships 2013 will take place in the Ice Cube Curling Center, Sochi, from 16 to 23 February. The World Junior Curling Championships 2013 will be staged from 28 February to 10 March.