MOSCOW, February 05. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev wished the national Olympic team success at the 2014 Winter Games, which, according to him, would demonstrate Russia’s hospitality.
Opening the session of the Russian government on Wednesday, Medvedev said the Olympics in Sochi “is a good reason for our country to demonstrate its hospitality and possibilities.”
“I believe that everything will be handled at the highest level possible and the sporting event will be festive not only for us [Russia] but the rest of the world as well,” Medvedev said.
The prime minister also wished success to athletes, “who will be representing our country at the Games.”
“We believe in their strength and will be supporting them,” he said.
Russia’s national team in Sochi consists of 223 athletes, comparing to 177 at 2010 Winter Games in Canada’s Vancouver, where it clinched three gold medals and finished in 11th place in the overall medals standings.
This year’s team has good chances to vie for medals in 11 out of 15 sports disciplines at the Olympics, according to President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov. The team is also the youngest in the history of Russia’s participation in Winter Olympics with the average age of an athlete standing at little over 22.