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SBD Global/November 18, 2013/Olympics

Olympic Notes: Russia Introduces Strict Registration Rules For Sochi Visitors

As part of moves to tighten security for the the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin "has signed a decree introducing strict registration requirements for both foreign and Russian visitors." The rules "will not affect accredited delegates or people with hotel reservations." But others "will need to register with the authorities soon after they arrive" (EURO NEWS, 11/16). ... The Moscow laboratory set to process drug tests at next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi "was sanctioned Sunday by the World Anti-Doping Agency but remains free to handle testing at the Games." WADA cited the laboratory's "status of compliance" in the decision, without providing further details, and said that "the laboratory would be stripped of its accreditation if it did not start reforms within two weeks" (R-SPORT, 11/17).

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