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MOSCOW, January 16. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Olympic team which will perform at the Sochi Olympics will number around 230 sportsmen, said President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Duma Vice-speaker Alexander Zhukov on Thursday.
On January 23 the Board of the Ministry of Sport and the Russian Olympic Committee will meet together to make a decision on the final number of members, Zhukov said. "The Olympic qualification competitions are going on yet. Therefore, I can say now that the approximate number of sportsmen in the Russian Olympic team will be 230, while the whole Olympic delegation will number 850," Zhukov said.
It has already been decided what houses will be used in the three Olympic villages to accommodate the Russian sportsmen, and the houses have been equipped in accordance with their requests, Zhukov said.
Head of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko said that a first group of Russian sportsmen were to arrive in a fortnight. "The ice and snow routes are of top quality. We are lucky with the weather," Chernyshenko said at a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday.
"The preparations for the Olympic competitions are complete at all the Olympic facilities. Both ice and snow routes are of top quality," Chernyshenko said, quoting international experts. "We have been lucky with the snow this year; the weather has been favorable," he added.
"Nonetheless, we have not relaxed and keep on making snow in case the weather gets warm," Chernyshenko said.