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Russia GP organizer says security in Sochi to be fully provided

October 11, 2014, 3:10 UTC+3 SOCHI
The Russian Grand Prix is held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi
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SOCHI, October 10. /TASS/. All possible issues concerning safety of participants and guests of Russia’s first ever Formula Grand Prix in the southern city of Sochi must be definitely ruled out due to unprecedented security measures, undertaken during the Olympics earlier in the year and maintained up to the moment, Sergey Vorobyov, the head of the Russian F1 racing promotion company Sochi AutoDrom, said.

Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi hosted in February and March the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, which, according to international sports officials, athletes and visitors, were organized at the highest level possible and provided up-to-date infrastructure at all levels as well as security for all participants in the event.

Vorobyov, who turned 26 on Wednesday, said he would be celebrating his birthday after the Russian GP, and, asked whether the organizing committee had a special agreement with the Russian Interior Ministry to provide decent looking female police officers for the racing event, he said that the GP needs an “appealing nature,” but did not confirm the allegation.

“I will not be going into the details of security provided here,” Vorobyov said commenting on prevailing number of hundreds of young and attracting female police officers from Russia’s special task police forces (OMON), spotted on Wednesday night for their training for F1 GP in Sochi.

“I will not be revealing you the details of the security scheme and system, but the most important thing that we do - is our utter friendliness towards guests,” he said. “Therefore there will be lots of girls for Russia GP.”

“Formula One is mainly men’s sport and that is why girls are an important part of both Russia’s and the event’s image,” Vorobyov said as the city of Sochi completely plunged into sports and business activities for the first time after 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Russian Grand Prix is held at the racing track located near the Olympic Village in the coastal area of Sochi. The contract to include Russia in the calendar of F1 racing for the 2014-2020 period was signed in 2010 in Sochi by then-Prime Minister of Russia Vladimir Putin and F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone.

All visiting F1 guests staying at hotels near the Russian new racing track were awake much earlier before the first practice session at 10:00 a.m. local time as the whizzing sounds of ignited bolides’ engines ripped through the air within at least two-kilometer surrounding distance.

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