بالصور| كيف أصبحت مدينة “سوتشي” بعد الألعاب الأولمبية ؟


سنيار: قبل أسابيع قليلة فقط كانت مدينة “سوتشي” الروسية محط أنظار العالم الرياضي بفعاليات الألعاب الأولمبية الشتوية العادية والمخصصة لذوي الإحتياجات الخاصة، وكانت مدينة حيوية تحتضن أكثر من 6 ألاف رياضي.

 

وقبل بداية الألعاب الأولمبية الشتوية، خططت السلطات الروسية لجعل مدينة سوتشي مدينة سياحية بعد إنتهاء الألعاب فيها، إلا أنّ الزائر لسوتشي اليوم يحس نفسه وكأنه في  “مدينة أشباح” بمبانيها المهجورة وشوارعها الفارغة التي تتسكع فيها بعض الكلاب الضالة.

 

يُذكر أن مدينة سوتشي كلقت الخزنة الروسية حوالي31 مليار جنيه إسترليني، والتي -وفقا لهيومن رايتس- تم نقل 2000 اسرة منها إلى أماكن أخرى (منهم من دفع له ومنهم من ينتظر) بهدف تطوير المدينة، شهدت بناء العديد من المجمعات السكنية وحوالي 40 فندقا مع تجديد نحو 15 فندقا أخر وتحديث المطار وبناء سكة حديد جديدة بكلفة 8 مليار دولار وغير ذلك من الإستثمارات على أمل أن تصبح سوتشي وجهة سياحية على مدار السنة .

Deserted: Just a few weeks ago it hosted the Winter Olympics, but today, the Russian town of Sochi already resembles a ghost town

Gone to the dogs: A stray dog basking in the sunshine by the promenade was one of the few signs of life in the Olympic village

Desolate: Another empty street in Sochi Olympic village which just a few weeks ago was home to thousands of athletes and media personnel

All quiet: A single car sits outside another empty block of flats in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics already seems a distant memory

Investment: As the centre of the eye-wateringly expensive 2014 Winter Olympics, no expense was spared in transforming Sochi from a dreary, Soviet-era beach town, into a world-class ski resort

Dozens of new hotels and accommodation blocks were built for the games. The airport was upgraded and an estimated $8 billion spent on building a 31-mile stretch of railway track

Building site: Despite the massive investment some of the buildings were not completed in time for the games

Disrepair: Concrete slabs which have already come loose from a newly-built road leading towards the Olympic village

Filth: Uncollected rubbish piles up in a Sochi reservoir. The accommodation in the town was widely-mocked by visiting athletes

Pot hole: According to Human Rights Watch, 2,000 families were moved out for the games, some of them were paid but others weren't

The accommodation in the village was widely mocked with stories of sewage spilling out of the taps, water 'too dangerous to use on your face', floors not laid and rooms left without door handles

Russia spent an incredible £31 billion on the games, more then the cost of all the other Winter Olympics put together

Another view of empty Olympic accommodation in Sochi which only a few weeks ago was packed with visiting athletes from around the world

Vacancies: Empty chairs sit on empty balconies at the Bridge Resort hotel in Sochi where there was barely a soul to be seen

The Bridge Resort was a bustling hive of activity during the games but there were only a few people to be seen

Rubble: Another section of the Sochi promenade, devoid of any signs of life just a few weeks after the games

Around 40 new hotels were built and and a further 15 existing hotels completely re-furbished in the hope Sochi will become an all-year-round tourist destination

A person mans a check post outside an accommodation block in Sochi, one of the few people to be seen in the former Olympic village

A brand new section of the Sochi promenade, but no one around to enjoy it. Russian authorities hope the massive investment into the town will kick-start a regional economic boom

In addition to the hotels and accommodation blocks, a total of 367km of roads and 200km of railway were built for the Winter games

Complaints: One hotel lobby reportedly had no floor although staff had found time to hang a framed photo of Vladimir Putin, another group of reporters were told to wait a day for their room, which had no running water, no internet - and no door to access it

Unfinished: The list of bizarre and amusing faults with the accommodation even spawned its own Twitter account called Sochi Problems which was flooded with examples of the unsatisfactory conditions