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No extra Sochi security following Volgograd attacks – Zhukov

No extra Sochi security following Volgograd attacks – Zhukov
Sport Business International
2 January 2014

Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov has revealed that there are no plans to introduce extra security measures in Sochi for the 2014 winter Olympic Games despite apparent terrorist attacks in Volgograd over recent days.

At least 29 people have been killed in two separate incidents. The Games will run from February 7-21 in Sochi, about 430 miles from Volgograd.

“Concerning the Olympic Games in Sochi, all necessary security measures are provided for, and extra security measures in light of the act of terrorism in Volgograd will not be taken, because everything needed is done,” said Zhukov, who is also chairman of the advisory board for the Sochi 2014 organising committee, according to the R-Sport agency.

The report added that several areas in and around Sochi would be put under “lockdown” from January 7 to March 21.

In other news, the Russian cabinet has approved almost US$50m (€36m) in extra subsidies for the Games’ organising committee. No reason was given for the injection, but state reports have indicated that the funds will not be put towards infrastructure.

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