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Vladimir Putin will go to Guatemala to attend a session of the International Olympic Committee on July 3-4
Russian President Vladimir Putin will go to Guatemala to attend a session of the International Olympic Committee on July 3-4 and the presentation of Sochi as a candidate town for the Olympic Games-2014, the Kremlin press service reported. Putin also plans to meet with Guatemalan President Oscar Berger Perdomo within the framework of his trip. "Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Guatemala on a working visit on July 2-4, where he will take part in the official ceremony of opening the 119th IOC session and the presentation of Sochi, a candidate town for the winter Olympic Games in 2014," the press service said. The Russian delegation to Guatemala will include chairman of the Sochi-2014 organizing committee Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov and head of the Coordinating Council of the Economic Development Ministry German Gref. A month before the vote, the IOC published a report by its evaluation commission, which summed up the results of the visits to the towns seeking to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2014. IOC members, commenting on Sochi's bid, said the text of the application and its presentation were of high quality, with the participation of investors and government officials. Sochi's prospects are, for the most part, on a high level, according to IOC officials. Insiders at the Sochi-2014 committee told Tass the program of IOC's work on the voting day on July 4 would consist of the presentation and reports by the three candidate towns. In the final round, the IOC, that brings together representatives of more than 100 countries and organizations, will select the winner from two candidates. Under the program, Sochi's presentation is to begin at 9:15, local time, Salzburg's will start at 10:45 and South Korean Pyeongchang's at 12:15. The first round of voting will begin at 15:30, and the winner is due to be announced at 17:00 /06:00 am, Moscow time/ "a Contract between the IOC and the host town of the 22th Winter Olympics will wrap up the working part of the IOC officials' program. The IOC will be meeting at the Camino Real hotel. The Guatemalan foreign ministry said Austrian Chancellor Heinz Fischer and President of South Korea Roh Moo-hyun had confirmed they would attend the IOC vote.
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