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The Sochi Winter Games set records in competitor numbers, medals awarded and
quality of venues, keeping athletes happy and proving critics wrong, said
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Sunday.
Speaking to reporters hours before the Games closing ceremony, Bach, who
presided over his first Olympics after taking over as IOC chief last
September, said Russian government support and President Vladimir Putin’s
personal involvement had contributed to the success.
“We saw excellent Games and what counts most is the opinions of the
athletes and they were enormously satisfied,” he added.
The Games had more than 2,800 athletes from 88 countries — both records —
and featured 12 new events to attract younger fans and more broadcasters
than ever before.
However, the Games also saw six doping cases, five more than at the 2010
Vancouver Olympics, though Bach it was proof the system worked.
“The number of cases for me is not really relevant. What is important is
that we see that the system works.”
“It shows that the IOC is serious with zero tolerance because the
athletes have been disqualified from the Games.”
He also said critics who had doubted Russia could pull off hosting such an
event would now be convinced.
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