1. Manage expectations
Having assured the Olympic Committee seven years ago not only that he could transform Sochi from crumbling soviet summer holiday resort to a modern Olympic village, but also that he could guarantee snow despite its tropical climate (during the 2010 Winter Olympics Sochi’s average temperature was 14 degrees), a year ago Vladimir Putin admitted the project was ‘a year behind schedule’ and sacked its main shareholder. Today, he was quoted by Russian media saying ‘Russia is ready to host the games’.
But although the Olympic venues seem to be done (we’ll find out for sure when the games begin tomorrow), accommodation is another matter. Here’s a selection of tweets from disgruntled journalists...
Still waiting for "preparations" on hotel room to finish. Hoping they're origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.— Shaun Walker (@shaunwalker7) February 4, 2014