SOCHI, February 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian athletes valued highly level of preparing and holding the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi, the country’s National Olympic Committee stated on Wednesday.
“The Games are organized on a very large scale, there is something to be surprised with and there is something to look at. Certainly, there is something to be astonished with and there is something to learn and acquire for holding competitions of even lower level,” press secretary of the Belarusian National Olympic Committee Anastasia Marinina told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
A representative of Belarusian Olympic delegation noted that athletes from the country live in all three Olympic villages. Athletes competing in short track live in the coastal cluster, Alpine skiers and freestylers live in the main mountain village, skiers and some biathletes live in the additional mountain village. The main biathlon team is accommodated at a sanatorium, which is situated in the Sochi mountain cluster of Krasnaya Polyana.
“So, our athletes can compare conditions of accommodation, feeding, leisure and etc. Belarusian athletes did not voice any complaints, they are satisfied and happy about hospitality and attitude of volunteers,” Marinina said. Notably, nine assistants from Russia are included in Belarusian team. Russian assistants “help us very much in resolving any issues. Though there are few such problems, there are only technical issues,” she noted.
As for security measures, the press secretary said that they are “quite serious.” “But security checks do not take much time, everything passes quickly and accurately. The system of so-called ‘clear zones’ is arranged decently and our athletes do not complain about it,” Marinina noted.
The press secretary noted that Belarusian athletes and members of the country’s delegation have “a very good mood”, as female biathlete Darya Domracheva has won the gold medal. “All team is happy about this medal, this is the second gold medal for Belarusian team at the Winter Olympics,” she said. “Dasha noted hurricane support at the stadium from Russian fans and the fact that she was supported as a Russian athlete,” the press secretary of the country’s National Olympic Committee added.