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German Olympic committee says President Gauck never planned to attend Sochi Olympics

December 08, 2013, 19:15 UTC+3 BERLIN
"As far as we know, no visit by the federal president to Sochi has been planned,” the document said
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BERLIN, December 08, 19:25 /ITAR-TASS/. German President Joachim Gauck never planned to attend Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi in February 2014, the German Olympic Sports Confederation said in a statement on Sunday.

“As far as we know, no visit by the federal president to Sochi has been planned,” the document said.

The German head of state plans to receive members of the German Olympic team after they return from the Sochi Olympics in Munich on February 24. “We are glad that the president has accepted the invitation (of the German Olympic Sports Confederation to take part in the ceremony in Munich,” the statement stressed.

Earlier on Sunday, the Spiegel on-line version reported that President Gauck would not go to Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi to attend Olympic events. According to the Spiegel, the administration of the German president has already informed the Russian government about Gauck’s decision.

The German president’s press secretary confirmed this information, saying that federal presidents were not obliged to take part in official ceremonies or attend any other Olympic events. Germany’s former head of state Horst Kohler did not attend the Winter Olympic Games in Canada’s Vancouver in 2010, she reminded.

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