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Official Says 'Urgent' Need To Improve Sochi's Legacy Plans In Wake Of 2014 Olympics

04 / 24 / 14

Russian Audit Chamber board member Vladimir Katrenko said there is an “urgent” need to improve the legacy plans for the Winter Olympic venues in Sochi and halt an exodus of skilled staff, according to R-SPORT. Sochi's Olympic Park will host F1 racing starting in October, while "plans are...

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