Sochi 2014 to create Russian Accessibility Map

News, June 5 2011

In anticipation of the all-Russian celebration marking 1,000 days to go until the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has announced the launch of an innovative “Accessibility Map” project. The main objective is to help people with a disability to find easily accessible locations where they can engage in Paralympic sports. The map will also provide them with information about the elements that help to create barrier-free environments in their local area, such as ramps, hand-rails and non-slip surfaces.

The 1,000 days to go before the Paralympic Games milestone is a traditional event marked by all Organizing Committees and symbolizes the transition to the final stage of the Games preparation process.  Russia will welcome this important date on June, 11, 2011. The day will be marked by numerous events and celebrations in Moscow, Sochi and a number of other cities around the country, including master classes hosted by Paralympic athletes, competitions for children and their parents with the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games mascots and sporting competitions and concerts. Everyone across Russia will have the chance to join the celebrations, setting a personal example of supporting the Paralympic values of courage, equality, determination and inspiration.

The “Accessibility Map” project is unique, being the first Russian map of Paralympic sporting establishments and barrier-free facilities compiled from data that has been obtained from residences of numerous Russian cities. It will be a tool to help ensure that everyone can support the Paralympic Movement and help change society’s attitude towards people with a disability in their country, allowing them to lead a full life, free from barriers or stereotyping.

To participate in the project, send an e-mail to with the name, telephone number and address of the sports institution and its timetable (sports accessible to people with a disability, and short description of activities) and a story about experience of engaging in sports with this organization (one’s own, or that of friends and relatives).

It is also possible to send photos of ramps, hand-rails, anti-slip surfaces and other barrier-free environment elements with their location by e-mail to the project and they will subsequently be placed on the “Accessibility Map”. The most active participants of the project will receive special prizes from the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.


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