Realizing Russia's Competitive Edge
Russia 24 TV Debates
Pavilion 4, Conference Hall 4.1

While hosting the Olympic games in Sochi gave the entire southwest region a transformational economic and infrastructure boost, Russia’s next challenge in hosting a major global sporting event is just around the corner. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 cities, and while this is a different architecture than an Olympic village hub design, many lessons can be drawn from the Olympic experience. What impact should budget management have on the design of facilities for the World Cup? How have public–private partnership models performed in terms of implementing projects on such a grand scale? What should be the long-term impact of investment into athletics and sporting infrastructure, and could this be designed to offer businesses a profitable outlet for investment even after the event?

Evelina Zakamskaya , Anchor, Russia 24; Editor-in-Chief, Doctor Channel

David Gray , Managing Partner, PwC Russia
Alexander Zhukov , First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation; President of the Russian Olympic Committee
Jean-Claude Killy , Chairman, IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi 2014
Dmitry Kozak , Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation
Vladimir Potanin , President, Interros Holding Company
Dmitry Chernyshenko , President, Chief Executive Officer, Organizing Committee Sochi 2014 ANO
Phil Esposito , Former Hockey Player, New York Rangers

Key moments

“Every Games is unique. And Sochi was totally unique in terms of what it was trying to achieve. In some senses, Sochi was not only unique – it was unprecedented in the scale of change that was necessary to deliver those Games.”
David Gray
“I believe that the self-confidence we acquired is, indeed, the legacy of which we will continue to be proud.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko
“The intangible impact is important – inciting in both children and adults an interest in sports and a healthy lifestyle.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko
“The first two months following the Olympic Games have convinced us that the infrastructure (including sport, urban, public and tourist infrastructure) will serve millions of Russian citizens for many years to come.”
Dmitry Kozak