The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee brought the series of 2012-2013 season Test Events to a close with the final matches of the Ice Hockey U18 World Championship. The organisers staged 20 international Test Events at the 10 venues that are going to host the XXII Olympic Winter Games and the XI Paralympic Winter Games.
At a press-conference at the Bolshoi Ice Dome, the President of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said:
We have efficiently overcome all the trials and can now say with confidence that we are ready to host the Games even in the most challenging conditions. The test events were organized by a large team, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in hosting them: Organizing Committee, Olympstroy, Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, administrations of the Krasnodar region and the city of Sochi, contractors and of course our numerous volunteers who have become an integral part of our united team.
The Test Events of the 2012-2013 season set a new record in terms of the number of people involved: with more than 3,000 competitors, approximately 5,000 volunteers, over 1,500 media representatives and roughly 130,000 spectators visiting venues over the last six months.
During the Test Events, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee successfully tested out all of the functions and services at the different venues. The Ticketing Programme was put into operation resulting in a total attendance that was almost double the original forecast.
Test events covered 15 Olympic sports and four of the five Paralympic sports.
Rene Fasel, President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, added:
We have two very good arenas. I like especially the small one, it is a really typical hockey arena with seven thousand seats, it’s deeper. For sure, the big arena, the Bolshoi, is a typical multi-purpose arena. It’s very nice, very convenient, big, with a lot of space and very good dressing rooms. There are small details to correct but that’s why we make the test event.