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MOSCOW, June 27 (Itar-Tass) - Alexander Zhukov, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee, told journalists on Thursday that native walls and home facilities would be a serious advantage for Russian athletes.
"If we analyze the results of the previous games, athletes of the host nations indeed showed a better performance. The ‘home field’ factor is particularly important in sports in which the quality and type of cover play a considerable role like in biathlon or ice-hockey,” Zhukov said after a meeting of the Russian Olympic Committee’s executive committee. He added that in biathlon and ice-hockey athletes could start training in advance on an Olympic ice-hockey field or a biathlon track.
The president of the Russian Olympic Committee said that a special program aimed at using the “home field” advantage had been prepared for the 2014 Olympic Games.
"It includes trial tests of sport facilities and adjustment of skies for the Sochi type of snow. We will learn how effective they were only after the Games are over,” Zhukov said in conclusion.