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Fired Sochi 2014 official 'not scapegoat'
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Fired Sochi 2014 official 'not scapegoat'

Feb 10 2013, 4:50am CST | by

Moscow, Feb 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) President Vladimir Putin's spokesman rejected claims that an official who was fired after criticism from Putin is merely a scapegoat for problems at the world's most expensive Olympics.

Moscow, Feb 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) President Vladimir Putin's spokesman rejected claims that an official who was fired after criticism from Putin is merely a scapegoat for problems at the world's...

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Fired Sochi 2014 official 'not scapegoat'

Feb 10 2013, 4:50am CST | by

Moscow, Feb 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) President Vladimir Putin's spokesman rejected claims that an official who was fired after criticism from Putin is merely a scapegoat for problems at the world's most expensive Olympics.

Moscow, Feb 10 (IANS/RIA Novosti) President Vladimir Putin's spokesman rejected claims that an official who was fired after criticism from Putin is merely a scapegoat for problems at the world's most expensive Olympics.

Akhmed Bilalov was removed as vice-chairman of the Russian Olympic Committee Thursday after Putin criticised him for his work in a previous job in charge of the RusSki Gorki Olympic ski jump complex, which was slated for completion in 2011 but is not expected to be ready until July.

The timing of the announcement attracted claims that Bilalov had been made a scapegoat, coming exactly a year before the Opening Ceremony and days after the government revealed the games would cost over $50 billion.

"There's no need to approach this story as an exemplary whipping. It's not about campaigning or making someone a scapegoat. Someone who bears responsibility for failure must bear it but the main thing is to work through all the terms of completion for the facilities," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

Bilalov was the head of a company named Krasnaya Polyana that was responsible for the ski jump complex before May 2012, when state bank Sberbank bought a controlling share in the firm.

While in-charge of the ski jump complex, Bilalov failed to pay sufficient attention to geological problems that affected construction, deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday.

Bilalov, a former parliamentarian for the ruling United Russia Party, was also fired as head of a government company managing ski resorts in the North Caucasus. He is also head of the Russian Golf Association, which is putting together a Russian team for the sport's debut at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. His future in that post was not immediately clear.

Test events planned at the RusSki Gorki jump facility last year were cancelled amid construction delays but the site has hosted World Cup ski jumping and Nordic combined this season.

The centre is situated on the northern slope of the Aibaga Ridge in the mountains above Sochi. The ramps are located at the junction of two ridges to protect athletes from side-winds that could pose serious problems during competition. A 2,500 metre-long ski track for the Nordic combined event is next to the jumps.

The Games start Feb 7 next year.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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KeithR commented on the post, Vote for your 2014 Russian GP Driver of the Weekend

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Gotta go for Lewis, for totally walking past and ignoring Vladimir Putin for several minutes in the pre-podium room! Honourable mention for Jenson. I’d like to see him at Ferrar ...
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Hamilton wins Russian GP ahead of Rosberg

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SOCHI, Russia – Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors’ title and stretched his lead in the championship. Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his teammate by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, with three races remaining. Hamilton, who was fastest in practice and qual ...
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Hamilton wins Russian GP ahead of Rosberg

Oct 12 2014 8:02am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SOCHI, Russia – Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors’ title and stretched his lead in the championship. Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his teammate by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, with three races remaining. Ham ...
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Hamilton wins Russian GP ahead of Rosberg

Oct 12 2014 8:02am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SOCHI, Russia – Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors’ title and stretched his lead in the championship. Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his teammate by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, with three races remaining. ...
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Hamilton wins Russian GP ahead of Rosberg

Oct 12 2014 8:02am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

SOCHI, Russia – Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the inaugural Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, leading a 1-2 finish for Mercedes that clinched its first Formula One constructors’ title and stretching his lead in the championship. Nico Rosberg placed second despite having to pit early in the race but now trails his teammate by 17 points in the drivers’ standings, with three races remaining. Hamilton, who was fastest in practice ...
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