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KIEV, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Forty-three Ukrainian athletes will participate in the Sochi Olympic Games. The very first representatives of Ukraine’s delegation are already in Sochi, Ukraine’s National Olympic Committee told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“The first members of Ukraine’s Olympic delegation are already in the 2014 Olympic capital. They include Nina Umanets, the chief of the National Olympic Committee mission, and Alla Tarasyuk, a representative of the National Olympic Committee’s international department,” the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee’s press service went on to say.
At present, Umanets and Tarasyuk are accepting accommodation in three Olympic villages where the Ukrainian national team is going to stay. After that, they will also inspect transport that will take Ukrainian athletes to and from competitions; see that all the necessary things are procured for the team and coordinate the work of volunteers whom the organizers have assigned to work with the Ukrainian national team.
A formal departure ceremony will take place at the Olimpiyskiy sport complex in Kiev on Thursday. The first group of athletes, including biathletes, figure-skaters, tobogganists and short trackers, will arrive in Sochi on February 2.
In the meantime, Kazakhstan is sending fifty athletes to the Sochi Games.
“We have made progress since the last Games in Vancouver where we competed in eight disciplines. Fifty Kazakh athletes are now going to Sochi. They will compete for medals in ten sports,” Elsiyar Kanagatov, the deputy head of Kazakhstan’s agency for the affairs of sport and physical culture, said earlier this week.
Ten athletes in the Kazakh national team will compete in biathlon and ski racing; 2 - in figure skating; 5 - in freestyle-moguls, 4 - in freestyle acrobatics and Alpine skiing and 6 - in short track and speed skating. One athlete will compete in each of the three disciplines: snowboarding, ski jumping events and toboggan.
Kazakhstan’s official delegation will comprise 102 people, including 40 coaches and auxiliary workers.