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SBD Global/March 21, 2013/Olympics

Russian Sports Fans Must Be Educated About Winter Paralympic Games

Russian Paralympic Committee head Mikhail Terentiev said Wednesday "the country’s sports fans must be educated to view next year’s Paralympics in Sochi as real sport rather than a 'charity drive,'" according to R-SPORT. Terentiev said that "spectators disturbed blind athletes by shouting during their Sochi test events for cross-country skiing and biathlon, adding that it was a common problem at Winter Paralympics." He said, "You need to attract not just spectators to fill the stands, but precisely those who understand how they need to behave." The Paralympics will be held from March 7-16 (R-SPORT, 3/20).
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