The White House, earlier, has raised concern over the security preparations in Russia for the Winter Games that would take place next month. The United States Olympic Committee has asked all their athletes taking part in the forthcoming Sochi Games to avoid donning their team uniforms or USA Team logos outside Olympic venues. The warning for the US athletes have been prepared it with the all the advices of the US State Department, stated officials, affirming a report in Wall Street Journal.
Marie Harf, a spokesperson for the US State Department, stated that the United States Olympic Committee had probably talked with their athletes, as part of how to sort of stay safe and things to look out for as part of the Winter Olympic Games, this issue about just being careful about where you wear US logos or things like that.
She added that they are in very close contact with the US Olympic Committee on things related to security. Still, Russia is not a unique instance, the government offer similar advice for all such international events.
The White House has earlier indicated concern regarding Russia’s security preparednesses for next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The US officials have even privately complained about Russia’s refusal to share intelligence reports on terror threats.
US has repeatedly offered help to Russia to ensure proper security for the event. On Thursday, US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly had a detailed conversation regarding security issues. Meanwhile The Pentagon has already announced that they would deploy 2 warships to the Black Sea as a precaution.
With only over two months remaining till the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi in Russia, the season’s first snow is on its way for the region. On Friday, a storm system would slide through north Turkey and then into Georgia. A whizz of snow and rain is likely on northern outskirts. Attracting moisture from Black Sea, the fast moving storm would also move with cold air place to north allowing snowfall.
While Sochi itself must get some snowflakes along with chilly rain, Caucasus Mountains east of the city, a main place for Winter Olympics, could receive 4 – 8 inches of snow on Friday.
According to reports, meteorologists stated that the comparatively warm water of Black Sea would serve keep the precipitation rain for Sochi, but air rising in mountains would cool, letting for snow. The mountain snow is quite crucial to sliding sports like skiing in February. All these sports would take place only thirty minutes from Sochi.
The region has seen bouts of rain in the last few days and temperatures have dropped approximately twenty to ten degrees Celsius.
Sochi is located on Black Sea in Russia’s Krasnodar region and it has similar winter weather to Vancouver, the host city of Winter Olympic in 2010. Sochi does not get a lot of snow because of the mild air of Black Sea, but Caucasus Mountains to east get a good deal of snow in a typical winter.
Meteorologists say that Sochi in Russia is located on the sea and is one of the warmest regions in the country. The temperature in this city averages in mid 30s during the months of December to February.
Today Barcelona has officially ruled out any chance for bidding in the 2022 Winter Olympics as well as Paralympics. Barcelona Mayor Xavier Tiras took the final decision after discussions with many important stakeholders that includes Thomas Bach, the new International Olympic Committee (IOC) President.
Madrid’s failure to be handed the Paralympics and Summer Olympics in 2020 – their 3rd consecutive abortive campaign – appeared to have cracked the door to a bid from Barcelona. But there is a scepticism in the nation regarding whether they must continue bidding for the Games or not. Read more »