"We are grateful to your country for nominating Sochi as a candidate," Rogge was quoted by the Interfax news agency.
The Winter Games have never been held in Russia, and Putin's government is putting its full support behind Sochi. The resort town, between the Black Sea and mountains, is one of three finalists along with Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The IOC panel will visit Sochi on Feb. 20-23, 2007. The panel will vote on the host city in Guatemala City in July 2007.
- Putin to keep key role in Sochi Olympics - 07/08/08 - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will be directing preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the head of the local organizing committee said Tuesday.
IOC impressed by early preparations for Games in SochiEdit
- 04/22/08 SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- Getting Sochi ready for the 2014 Winter Games is a huge challenge because the Russian resort must build virtually all facilities from scratch, the head of the IOC's coordination panel said Tuesday.