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Winter Olympics: Russia has delivered on promises, says IOC chief

Published on Feb 3, 2014 10:57 PM
 
International Olympic Committee president (IOC) Thomas Bach gestures during a press conference on Monday, Feb 3, 2014 prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Russia has delivered on its promises as host of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, with any last-minute problems a normal part of hosting the great sporting show, the IOC president said on Monday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI (AFP) - Russia has delivered on its promises as host of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, with any last-minute problems a normal part of hosting the great sporting show, the IOC president said on Monday.

The debates over a litany of issues in the run-up to the Games, such as gay rights and the pressure on Russian civil society, were a welcome part of the discussions that accompany any Games, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach told AFP in an interview.

He said that it was not the IOC's job to act as a "world government" to solve the problems of a country but more to send a message of tolerance in line with the Olympic Charter.

Just four days remain before the opening ceremony of the Games, a project spearheaded by President Vladimir Putin that has become one of the most controversial Olympics in living memory.

 
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