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Published November 7, 2013
SAFETY FIRST: SOCOG President & CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko appeared live on today's episode of NBC's "Today" and said Sochi is "ready" for next year's Games. Chernyshenko: "We already successfully tested all our competition venues during the most extensive test event last winter." NBC's Matt Lauer said security is "always a major concern" during the Olympics, but this will be the first time "that the Games will be staged right next door to what is considered to be a terrorist epicenter." Chernyshenko said, "It will be the safest Games ever because we understand from the very beginning of our successful campaign that the security is the key priority of the organizers and it's a global threat. ... From the beginning we established very good cooperation between Russian and American security (agencies) and they exchange intelligence. I know that everybody is confident that Russia is able to provide this." Chernyshenko said there will be security but it "will not be dressed in military uniforms so the atmosphere will be festive." He also reiterated that any athlete expressing support for gay rights will "absolutely not" be arrested or detained. Chernyshenko added, "What else can I add?" ("Today," NBC, 11/7).