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Russia dismisses figure skating match fixing as nonsense


Newscast Media MOSCOW—Whether the story was circulated over the weekend out
of malice or as a preemptive measure to ensure fair play, a French magazine alleged
both US and Russia intended to help each other win medals.

Fair play is a fundamental part of any sport. It represents the positive benefits of
playing by the rules, using common sense and respecting fellow players, referees,
opponents and fans.

Match fixing is whereby a game has a predetermined result, regardless of how
flawlessly the athlete or team performs. On the other hand, a “thrown game” is
where an athlete deliberately loses a game.

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation weekend edition, French
magazine L’Equipe alleged the U.S. and Russia had struck a deal to help each other
out at Sochi Winter Olympic figure skating events, which would keep Canada’s Tessa
Virtue and Scott Moir from the gold. In exchange, Russia would purportedly
ensure Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the U.S. win gold over Canadian champions
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

But Mike Slipchuk, Skate Canada’s high performance director, says he’s confident the
judging will be fair. “I stay clear of that stuff,” he said. “I have full confidence that
[when] the skaters go out and do their job, they will do their job on the ice, [and]
the judges will judge it as they see it.” (pop-up)

US Figure Skating rejected the claim as “categorically false” to the Chicago Tribune
and Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko issued a similarly short denial to R-Sport,
according to Russian news agency Ria Novosti.
“There is no point in even commenting on such nonsense,” Mutko said.
Russian Skating Federation general director Valentin Piseev added: “If they have
something to present, let them present it, enough with the babbling.”


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US offers Russia anti-terrorism technology for Olympics

US Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks with his Russian counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov during a NATO meeting for defense chiefs in Brussels, January 21, 2014—Photo courtesy US Department of Defense/US Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton.

Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States and Russia on Tuesday discussed using
US technology to combat terrorism at next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi amid
concerns that extremists could target the games, the Pentagon’s news service

US Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told his Russian
counterpart Gen. Valery Gerasimov that the United States is willing to share technical
information on countering improvised explosive devices (IEDs) prior to the February 7
start of the Sochi games if the American technology is compatible with Russian
systems, the American Forces Press Service (AFPS) reported. CONTINUE TO FULL ARTICLE>>


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