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First participants of Paralympics arrive in Sochi

February 18, 2014, 13:24 UTC+3 SOCHI
As many as 1,350 athletes from 45 countries will contest for 72 sets of medals at the Sochi Paralympics
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SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Olympic city of Sochi receives first participants of the Winter Paralympics, which will be held in the city on March 7-16. The Sochi airport has already received seven flights with Paralympic athletes, Basel Aero management company told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Servicing of each flight with Paralympic athletes takes no more than 30 minutes. Wheelchairs with athletes are brought to the airport building by passenger boarding bridges. Medical personnel and volunteers help the guests.

“Since 2011, the program of airport accessible for disabled people is being implemented at the airports of the company, primarily the Sochi airport. Many tests and inspections showed that the airport meets main requirements of accessibility for all categories of people with disabilities,” a Basel Aero source noted.

Preparedness of the Sochi air harbor to receive Paralympic athletes was tested last August, when the airport served 67 players of the international ice sledge hockey tournament “Four Nations” from Canada, Norway, Russia and the Czech Republic.

As many as 1,350 athletes from 45 countries will contest for 72 sets of medals at the Sochi Paralympics. As many as 197 people, including 70 athletes, will be included in Russian delegation at the Paralympics. This is the largest delegation for the whole history of Russian national team at the Winter Paralympic Games since 1994.

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