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Construction of five Olympic rings to welcome guests arriving in Sochi

January 22, 2013, 12:36 UTC+3

The assembly of the Olympic constriction has been launched opposite the main entrance to Sochi airport

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SOCHI, January 22 (Itar-Tass) — A construction made of five Olympic rings will welcome guests of the 2014 Sochi winter Olympics who will arrive in Sochi by air, train or by sea.

The assembly of the Olympic constriction has been launched opposite the main entrance to Sochi airport. The metallic construction with every element planned to be six meters in diameter will welcome all the guests arriving in the 2014 Olympic capital by air, the city department supervising preparations for the 2014 Sochi Olympics told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

The composition is designed to be 18 meters high, which is approximately equal to the height of a five-storeyed building, said Deputy head of the city administration Alexander Karandin. "The Olympic rings in Sochi will be slightly bigger than similar rings in Vancouver, which will also symbolize that our Olympics will be more powerful, more interesting because some Olympic kinds of sport will be represented in a new way," Karandin said.

The municipality of the resort city got an opportunity to use the Sochi 2014 symbols for purposes of decorating the city after it became a partner of the Sochi-2014 organizing committee. The five interlocked rings familiar to everyone will also be displayed at the Sochi sea port and the railway station, in one of the sections of the federal highway and in other prominent places in the city.

The city administration hopes that entrepreneurs will take part in the realization of this project and will follow the example of London businessmen, competing for the right to establish symbolic constructions at their own expense so as to go down in history of the Olympic movement.


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