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IPC official says medal ceremonies ‘amazing’ in Paralympic Sochi

March 09, 2014, 16:45 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, March 09 /ITAR-TASS/. Craig Spence, the spokesman for the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), praised the medal awarding ceremony for 2014 Winter Paralympic athletes in Russia’s resort city of Sochi.

“I was at the Rosa Khutor yesterday for the medals ceremony,” Spence said addressing the daily press briefing on Sunday. “It was amazing and was really well-attended.”

It was “fantastic to see the emotions” that Paralympic athletes had during the awarding ceremony, he said adding that over 2,000 people gathered for the ceremony on Saturday night.

The awarding ceremonies are held daily at 6:00 p.m. local time (14:00 GMT) at the Medals Plaza located on the lower section of the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, in the very heart of the Mountain Cluster.

This is the first time in the history of the Paralympic Games, when athletes are awarded with medals not straight away after the conclusion of their competitions.

Paralympic athletes, winning in their respective competitions are awarded with medals all together during the solemn ceremonies each day in the evening in the Coastal Cluster of Sochi.

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