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.”
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The United States has warned foreign airlines
connecting to Russia during the Sochi Winter Olympics to watch out for toothpaste
tubes that could hold ingredients to make a bomb.
The US Homeland Security Department contacted several airports and airlines on
Wednesday over the possibility that terrorists may attempt to smuggle concealed
explosives into Russia, broadcaster ABC News reported.
The report cited a senior US official, speaking on a condition of anonymity, as the
source of the news.
The official said the US and foreign airlines were warned that the bomb-making
material could be assembled in flight or upon arrival at the Olympics. The source did
not disclose whether any specific intelligence prompted the warning.
In a statement, the US Homeland Security Department said it “isn’t aware of a
specific threat to the homeland at this time.”
It said the department “regularly shares information with domestic and international
partners, including those associated with international events such as the Sochi
Russian security forces are on high alert for possible terror threats ahead of the
Winter Olympic Games, which officially open on Friday.
Source: Radio Deutsche Welle
Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin says homosexuals should
feel “free” and “calm” at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, but asked them to “please
leave our children alone.”
Meeting with Olympic volunteers in Sochi on January 17, Putin told them Russia had
no ban on homosexuals. But he said “the propaganda of homosexuality and pedophilia”
Putin said Russia was freer than many other countries, “including the United States,
where in some states there is criminal responsibility for nontraditional sexual
Russia made headlines when Putin signed a law in June 2013 banning the promotion of
homosexuality and pedophilia.
The Sochi Olympics takes place from February 6 to 23.
Source: Press TV
Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is sending
dozens of its personnel to Russia to help secure the upcoming Winter Olympics in
Sochi from possible terror attacks, its director told reporters.
FBI director James Comey said about two dozen agents and other personnel will be
sent to Moscow and more than a dozen others will be based in the Black Sea resort
that is hosting the Winter Olympics from February 7 to 23. Some of them are already
there, he told the Wall Street Journal.
“Securing any Olympics is an enormous task,” the Washington Post quoted Comey as
saying. “I think it’s particularly challenging in Sochi because of its proximity to areas
of unrest and sources of a terrorist threat.”
Comey said although his agency is willing to help Russia, security at the Games is
ultimately Moscow’s responsibility. He also expressed confidence that Russia will keep
the Games safe.
“I think the Russian government understands the threat and is devoting the resources
to address it,” Comey told Reuters.
Russia launched the largest security operation in Olympic history this week in a bid to
prevent terrorism, particularly from the neighboring North Caucasus, a region plagued
by an Islamist insurgency.
Security was tightened for Sochi after two suicide bombers killed 34 people and
injured more than 100 late last month in attacks on Volgograd’s main train station and
on a trolleybus. The city is 630 kilometers (400 miles) from Sochi.
Source: Moscow Times