IOC’s Killy says Sochi work on track

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MOSCOW (AP) — The head of an inspection group from the International Olympic Committee says Russia is making substantial progress in preparations for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Jean-Claud Killy made the comments Tuesday at the conclusion of a two-day visit by a working group to the Black Sea city. The visit comes before a full inspection tour by the IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi in mid-September.

According to a statement from the Sochi organizing committee, Killy said the inspectors “have seen continued progress in the development of the sporting venues both in the coastal cluster and in the mountains.” He said much remained to be done in developing adequate hotel accommodation and operational planning, “but we are confident Sochi 2014 and its partners are on track to deliver their commitments.”