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Feb 17, 2014

Omnipresent Putin keeps IOC ‘very happy’

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be everywhere at the Sochi Olympics these days, whether it is the competition venues, team headquarters or even posing for pictures with sports fans and volunteers.

The leader’s presence at Russia’s first Winter Olympics was always going to be top news given the country’s human rights record, its frosty ties with the United States and the controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Omnipresent Putin keeps IOC ‘very happy’

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be everywhere at the Sochi Olympics these days, whether it is the competition venues, team headquarters or even posing for pictures with sports fans and volunteers.

The leader’s presence at Russia’s first Winter Olympics was always going to be top news given the country’s human rights record, its frosty ties with the United States and the controversial anti-gay propaganda law.

Feb 16, 2014

India completes Olympic return with Sochi flag raising

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the Southeast Asian nation.

India had been banned since December 2012 after elections at its Olympic association (IOA) saw a corruption-tainted official voted in as secretary general.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-India completes Olympic return with Sochi flag raising

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – India completed its return to the Olympic family on Sunday when its flag was hoisted at the Sochi Games, five days after the International Olympic Committee lifted its suspension on the Southeast Asian nation.

India had been banned since December 2012 after elections at its Olympic association (IOA) saw a corruption-tainted official voted in as secretary general.

Feb 15, 2014

Jailing of environmentalist not Games related: IOC

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The jailing of a Russian environmentalist who had accused authorities of damaging the environment in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics is not related to the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.

Yevgeny Vitishko, who has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work, lost an appeal against his three-year jail sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region’s governor.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Jailing of environmentalist not Games related: IOC

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – The jailing of a Russian environmentalist who had accused authorities of damaging the environment in the run-up to the Sochi Olympics is not related to the Games, the International Olympic Committee said on Saturday.

Yevgeny Vitishko, who has protested against harm done to the environment by Olympic construction work, lost an appeal against his three-year jail sentence on Wednesday on charges of damaging the property of the local Krasnodar region’s governor.

Feb 15, 2014

Olympics-Drugs tests on the go As IOC shadows athletes in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Olympic champions on the way to their Sochi medal ceremony should expect a drugs-testing van shadowing them, ready to collect a sample, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) attempts to root out cheats any which way it can.

Even the medals plaza at the coastal Olympic park, where all athletes are awarded their prizes, is not off-limits for testers, who will do anything for a satisfactory urine or blood sample at Russia’s first winter Olympics.

Feb 14, 2014

Meteorite gift too spacey for Olympics, rules IOC

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee have shot down plans to give Saturday’s medal-winning athletes at the Sochi Games a piece of a meteorite that exploded over Russia a year ago.

The fireball, travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second, exploded on February 15, 2013 over Chelyabinsk, some 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow, injuring 1,200 people following a massive shock wave.

Feb 14, 2014

Olympics-Meteorite gift too spacey for Olympics, rules IOC

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 14 (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee have shot down plans to give Saturday’s medal-winning athletes at the Sochi Games a piece of a meteorite that exploded over Russia a year ago.

The fireball, travelling at a speed of 30 km (19 miles) per second, exploded on Feb. 15, 2013 over Chelyabinsk, some 1,500 km (950 miles) east of Moscow, injuring 1,200 people following a massive shock wave.

Feb 14, 2014

Sochi Games chief “modestly proud” after IOC praise

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – The Sochi Olympics have been spared major problems despite a difficult run-up, with Games chief Dmitry Chernyshenko saying praise from the International Olympic Committee at the halfway mark was welcome but still premature.

Russia’s first winter Games have been in the news spotlight for months as President Vladimir Putin staked his personal as well as his country’s image on a successful Olympics at the Black Sea resort.

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