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Finnish sports official: Sochi to be one of world’s safest places during Olympics

January 23, 2014, 16:23 UTC+3 23
Top Finnish National Olympic Committee: Kojonkoski said he did not support those who were now calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics for political reasons
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HELSINKI, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. The Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi that will host the Winter Olympic Games next month will be one of the safest places in the world, a Finnish sports official said Thursday.

“Someone would probably worry. But we are convinced that during the Olympics, Sochi will be one of the world’s safest places,” Mika Kojonkoski, a top Finnish National Olympic Committee official, told an Itar-Tass correspondent.

Kojonkoski said he did not support those who were now calling for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics for political reasons.

“Sport is a sphere with huge opportunities for international cooperation, for implementation of people’s equal rights. That is why I do not believe it is right to mix sports and political beliefs,” he said.

Some world leaders, including US, French, German and Lithuanian presidents Barack Obama, Francois Hollande, Joachim Gauck and Dalia Grybauskaite, earlier said they would not attend the Games, due February 7-23.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a recent interview to Russian and foreign media: “I would like to see sports freed from the taint of politics. I think that we all stand to benefit from that.

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