Activists in Berlin stage picket condemning Obama’s foreign policyWorld January 19, 21:17
Russian regulator promises to respond to any US restrictions of RT channelRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 21:09
FIFA: Over 82,400 ticket requests applied globally for 2017 Confederations Cup in RussiaSport January 19, 20:17
Russia stands for developing legal tool to fight cyber hooliganismRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 19, 20:00
Russia is developing advanced hypersonic weapons — ministryMilitary & Defense January 19, 19:50
Former USSR leader receives Lithuanian court’s summons as witness in case over 1991 eventsWorld January 19, 19:29
FIDE chief says he plans to seek US entry after President-elect Trump’s inaugurationSport January 19, 18:56
Russian economy minister: Results of 2016 demonstrated adjustment to cheap oil, sanctionsBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:44
Russia ready to welcome Trump at economic forum in St. Petersburg — first deputy PMBusiness & Economy January 19, 18:29
OTTAWA, February 16, /ITAR-TASS/. Russia has organized outstanding Winter Olympic Games, which are currently underway in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said in an interview with Canadian daily Globe and Mail.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia kicked off with the opening ceremony on February 7 and would run until February 23. The Olympics will be followed by Winter Paralympic Games between March 7 and 16.
“I think they are great Olympics,” the daily quoted Richard Pound, the 71-year-old IOC lawyer from Canada’s Montreal, as saying.
“Up in the mountains they’ve built the equivalent of a lot of those major European ski destinations in six years instead of 60 years,” Pound, who was once a vice president of the IOC, said. When they want to do something, they get it done. People have a tendency to underestimate the Russians.”
Asked whether the Games were worth the sum paid by Russians to organize them, the official said “For sure.”
“For the host countries, they do a number of things, one of which is the focus on sports so you don’t do badly in your own Games. The top-down effect in the host country is huge,” Pound said.
The daily cited the figure of over $50 billion paid by Russia to organize the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.