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Russia PM Says Country Preparing To Become 'Center For World Sports'
Published January 7, 2013
GETTING READY: The VOICE OF RUSSIA reported Sochi will host 44 events in '13 ahead of the '14 Winter Games. Sochi Organizing Committee Head Dmitry Chernyshenko said that Sochi "will see 73 test events in 15 sports this year," which is more than Turin in '06 and Vancouver in '10 (VOICE OF RUSSIA, 1/5). XINHUA reported Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev "called for full implementation of sports constructions for the Sochi Games." He added that the success of the Olympics and Russia's prestige "depended on the construction of Sochi facilities," many of which "still lagged behind the schedule." Medvedev added that "much preparation work should be done ahead of the Games." Medvedev: "That is why the commissioning of sportive facilities and the infrastructure, as well as the test events is our strategic priority" (XINHUA, 1/6).