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Preparations for 2014 Paralympics to be concluded by March 5

March 03, 2014, 18:42 UTC+3 GORKI
Within nine days of the Winter Paralympics, held between February 7 and 16, a total of 72 sets of medals would be up for grabs
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GORKI, March 03. /ITAR-TASS/. Preparation works for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games, which open in Russia’s Sochi on Friday, will be concluded by March 5, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Monday.

“A total of 45 athletic teams are expected in Sochi and 38 of them have been already accommodated,” Kozak, who is also a member of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee, said at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

He added that within nine days of the Winter Paralympics, held between February 7 and 16, a total of 72 sets of medals would be up for grabs.

The prime minister said major work was conducted to reconstruct or build new facilities for barrier-free environment not only in Sochi, but in Krasnodar, Anapa, St. Petersburg and Moscow.

“All facilities comply with the international standards of the barrier-free environment,” Kozak said adding that Sochi is currently in the so-called transitional period after the Olympic Games and before the Paralympics.

“We are currently implementing the plan of the transitional period, when the image of the city must be changed and the Olympics symbolic must be replaced with the Paralympic. All this work must be completed by March 5,” he said.

Kozak added that judging by the Winter Olympic Games, which concluded in Sochi on February 23, “We are confident that Paralympics will be also held at the highest level possible.

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