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Safety A Priority For Sochi Winter Games

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There is no doubt that there are always concerns for safety during the Olympic Games.

With so many representatives from so many different countries all together, safety is the top priority. Security this year at the winter games that will be held in Sochi, Russia, will be heightened to the max. The reason? Russia recently as you may or may not have heard, has experienced two separate incidents of suicide bombings. There has not been a specific terrorist group that has taken credit for the attacks that claimed the lives of more than 30 people. These attacks occurred in a city called Volgograd which is about 400 miles north of Sochi.

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One individual who has made threats in Russia, and specifically on the Olympic Winter Games, is the Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov. According to an article written by AP Sports Reporter Stephen Wilson, “IOC President Thomas Bach has expressed full confidence that Russian authorities will deliver a “safe and secure” Olympics in Sochi despite the two deadly suicide bombings.” The IOC stands for International Olympic Committee.

One instance of terrorism that did occur at the Olympics was the 1972 Summer Games in Munich. A group of Palestinian terrorists from the group Black September kidnapped Israeli athletes and coaches. In the end a total of 17 people were killed including five of the eight Black September members. These events were dubbed the “1972 Munich Massacre.” There is no doubt that there will be safety concerns by everyone, however I expect that we will see some great winter Olympic events, let’s hope that everyone stays safe.

The Olympic Games in Sochi begin on February 6th, 2014 on NBC.

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