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Kremlin: no medal plan for Russian athletes at Sochi Olympics

February 05, 2014, 21:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, February 05, /ITAR-TASS/. There is no medal plan for Russian athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

“There is no any plan. But there are forecasts made by our sport officials who are well aware of the situation in their respective sports. But then, it is their job to make forecasts. However there is no plan of any kind. It’s just that we all and all fans would like to wish every one of our athletes success,” Peskov told Kommersant FM radio on Wednesday, February 5.

“Sport is sport, especially high performance sport. Someone always wins and someone always loses. Olympics are Olympics, and it is participation that matters here,” he said, adding that the main task for Russia is to “organise and hold this celebration of sports.”

Peskov said that Russian authorities would invite major international events to Sochi in order to ensure full use of the Olympic facilities after the Games.

“When the Olympics are over, a G8 summit will take place in Sochi. This will mean a large flow of people and high occupancy rates for hotels, tourist and entertainment facilities,” the spokesperson said.

Besides, Formula One events will be held this summer and one of the hotel owners in Sochi said that “to his surprise more than 3,000 rooms have already been booked.”

“Some events will be held in Sochi. And the State will seek to provide additional support to investors,” Peskov concluded.

Formula1 Russian Grand Prix will be held in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on October 19, 2014, the race organisers said earlier.

Oleg Zabara, Deputy Director-General of the Omega Centre company, which will be organising and holding the Russian Grand Prix, said that Formula One Management, which provides media distribution and promotion services to the FIA Formula One World Championship, said “this date fits perfectly into our plans to organise the race: the construction of the track is proceeding as scheduled, and work to prepare the first Russian Grand Prix has not stopped even for a minute. The race will open up excellent commercial prospects and attract more Russian and foreign tourists to extend the high season in the south of Russia.”

The construction of the raceway started in Sochi in 2011. It will be 5,872 metres long, with the average lap speed of 215 k/h, maximum speed of 315 k/h and average circuit speed of 97 seconds.

Peskov also said that rumours about the government’s resignation after the Olympic Games were “a permanent entertainment” that occurs nearly every other Monday.

“I have heard these rumours and read them, but I have never heard anything that could provide a more or less serious confirmation [of these rumours],” he said.

Peskov does not believe that the Sochi Olympics should become sort of “watershed” to be followed by some disaster.

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