It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the AIPS 2013 Congress Sochi website.
We are indeed excited to come to the 2014 Winter Olympic City of Sochi where I believe it is the first time that an Olympics will truly change a region.
It is amazing what the authorities have created for the Games and we are very glad to share such a wonderful achievement with the organizers.
Please use this website as your primary communication tool between the organizing committee and your national associations.
We look forward to an enriching and fruitful congress.
See you in Sochi!
The AIPS Congress was held in our country only once in 1979 on the eve of the Olympic Games of 1980 in Moscow. Believe me, it turned out to be quite an event of major importance. It was for the first time that we became familiar with the organization and its leaders such as Taylor from Great Britain and Sporidis from Greece.
And now there'll be a new Congress of sport journalists of the world on April 15-19 of 2013 in the capital of the future Olympic Games in Sochi.
We are waiting for the Congress and we've started to get prepared for it. The Organizing Committee has been launched. It is chaired by the Deputy Minister of Sport of Russia, Pavel Kolobkov who is the famous fencer who won the Olympics and numerous World Championships. By the way, Mr.Kolobkov once was the laureate of the prize of the Federation of Sport Journalists of Russia called the "Silver Deer".
I'm glad to know many of you, my dear friends from the national federations of sport journalists. And it will indeed be an honor to greet you in the unique city of Sochi. I am often asked by you about the capital of the future Winter Olympics. Now you'll see Sochi yourself. One may go the Mountain Cluster for alpine skiing and then get down to the Sea Cluster and dive into the Black Sea.
I hope you will like the city of Sochi and the Congress will exceed your expectations. At least we will do our level best in order that it will be so.
I kindly ask you to fill in the application form that is on the web-site, and to reserve your tickets as soon as possible, so that the visa process will run quickly and smoothly.
I remain truly yours,
President of Federation of Sport Journalists of Russia,