Russia: ‘Excellent’ Sochi Games proved critics wrong, says IOC’s Bach

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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.
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