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SBD Global/February 4, 2013/Olympics
Russia Spent More Than $36B On Preparatory Events For Sochi Games By Start Of '13
Published February 4, 2013
TURN THE TV ON: R-SPORT reported Organizing Committee Chair Dmitry Chernyshenko said that "around 3.5 billion viewers will watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics" on TV. Chernyshenko predicted that "Russia's first Winter Olympics will see a 17 percent rise on the last Winter Olympics" (R-SPORT, 2/3).
A FLOOD OF VOLUNTEERS: IANS reported authorities said that the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic volunteering program "has so far received 160,000 applications, with one month left before the deadline." The program was expected to recruit 28,000 Russian and foreign volunteers, 3,000 of whom would be local residents to guide visitors around the city" (IANS, 2/2).