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SOCHI, February 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s four-time gymnastics Olympic Champion Alexei Nemov told Itar-Tass prior to the Sochi Games opening ceremony on Friday that they would be fair and would pass according to the “fair play” principles.
“The Olympic Games is a great event even for a person who has taken part in three Games. The whole world is looking forward to seeing the Olympic flame burn,” Nemov, who is the vice-mayor of the Mountain Olympic Village, said.
Nemov added that the repeat of his Athens story when spectators simply did not let the Russian gymnast leave the podium, demanding higher marks for him, would be impossible in Sochi.
“The Russian organizers will not allow any arbitrary judging. Only the strongest will win at the 2014 Games,” Nemov emphasized.
He said he would worry for all athletes staying in the Mountain Olympic Village.
“When I am meeting athletes from various countries, I feel myself part of a big team. I will cheer for our athletes but will worry for all my ‘village folks’,” Nemov said.
According to the tradition, representatives of athletes, judges and coaches took an Olympic oath on behalf of all athletes, judges and coaches at the games.
“On behalf of all athletes I promise to participate in these Olympic Games respecting and observing their rules in the true spirit of sport competition, for the glory of sport and for the honor of our teams,” the athletes’ oath says. The first Olympic oath was given by a Belgian athlete in Antwerp in 1920.
In their oath, Olympic judges pledged to do their job honestly and impartially.
“On behalf of all judges and officials I promise that we will perform our duties at these Olympic Games impartially, respecting and observing their rules and in true sport spirit,” the oath says.
“On behalf of all coaches and other people close to athletes, I promise to behave in a way to support the sport spirit and honest game according to the basic principles of the Olympic movement,” an oath given by coaches says.