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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

Oct 13 2014 8:04am CDT | Source: F1fanatic

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Hamilton wins Russian Grand Prix

Oct 12 2014 9:35am CDT | Source: Winner Sports

Lewis Hamilton has taken another huge step to the drivers’ title on the day Mercedes landed the constructions championship. Hamilton took a 17 point lead at the top of the table from team mate Nico Rosberg after winning the inaugural Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton took advantage of his team mate’s error to win the race which was his fourth in succession. Hamilton delighted with Mercedes car Hamilton said: “It was a good day and an amazing weekend. Firstly I am ...
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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. Ha ...
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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 and qualifying, won his fourt ...
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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. Hamilton, who w ...
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Is the French Revolution Our New Model?

Oct 10 2014 5:36am CDT | Source: Corvette Forum

Victor Davis Hanson At the end of the 18th century, there were two great Western revolutions -- the American and the French. Americans opted for the freedom of the individual, and divinely endowed absolute rights and values. A quite different French version sought equality of result. French firebrands saw laws less as absolute, but instead as useful to the degree that they contributed to supposed social justice and coerced redistr ...
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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel peace prize 2014

Oct 10 2014 4:06am CDT | Source: the guardian

Pakistani teenager and Indian childrens rights activist beat Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, the Pope and Vladimir Putin to the prestigious prize Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win - reaction and analysisMalala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize.Malala won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian childrens rights activist.BREAKING NEWS: The #nobel ...
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Why Formula 1 Should Not Be Going to Russia in 2014

Oct 9 2014 7:29am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

"We are happy, the sponsors appear to be happy, so we carry on," Bernie Ecclestone recently told The Times' Kevin Eason (subscription required) regarding this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. "No one has spoken to me about this race or told me that we cannot go. The sanctions do not affect us and what we are doing is not illegal." So there you see the standard Formula One is aiming for: It doe ...
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