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MOSCOW, February 08, (ITAR-TASS). Talks that Russian state authorities invest too much in development of sport infrastructure in the country are unjustified, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary titled “The Philosophy of the Soft Way” aired on TV channel Rossiya-1 on Friday.
“After the break-up of the Soviet Union many high-class sport facilities, which were built in the Soviet times, remained outside Russian borders, in Georgia, Armenia, the sport of sailing in Estonia,” the president recalled.
“In the 90s we held Russian speed skating championship in Germany, because we did not have a single rink, which met modern requirements,” the president noted. “We did not have a single bobsleigh track, all jump ramps were collapsing, nothing remained in our country,” he added.
Putin is convinced that all facilities built for the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi will serve to people for more than one hundred years. “All this is for people,” the president said in reply to a journalist’s question whether Olympic construction project was worth of money spent on it.