The Olympic Stadium that held Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Sochi is set to host soccer matches a little earlier than expected.
Sochi’s soccer club, FC Zhemchuzhina, is being reformed, Russia Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko said, according to Inside World Football, citing Russian news agency ITAR-TASS.
“The stadium will be handed over to the Krasnodar Region, and they have everything at their disposal which abides to the standards set by FIFA,” Mutko said. “The stadium will soon have a football club. We will return the traditions of Sochi’s Zhemchuzhina.”
FC Zhemchuzhina’s last recorded match on its R-Sport club page was in 2011.
Fisht Stadium was already going to be converted for soccer after the Paralympics because its one of the venues for the 2017 Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
ISU receives South Korea complaint over figure skating judging
South Korea has officially filed its complaint over figure skating judging at the Sochi Olympics to the International Skating Union, nearly two months after Yuna Kim won silver behind Russian Adelina Sotnikova in a controversial decision.
The Korea Skating Union (KSU) filed a complaint over the makeup of the judging panel for the women’s free skate rather than the results of the competition, according to Yonhap News, reporting that the KSU believes the panel’s composition was in violation of the ISU’s ethical rules.
One of the judges from Sochi is married to a top Russian figure skating federation official and was seen hugging Sotnikova shortly after she won gold. Another was suspended one year as being part of the 1998 Olympic ice dance fixing scandal.
The Russian figure skating vice president headed the three-person technical panel that decided on difficulty levels (and therefore points rewarded) for skaters’ spins and jumps.
“We are not perfect, as also the skaters are not perfect,” ISU president Ottavio Cinquanta said in March, according to Reuters. “Sometimes, they do a mistake. Mistakes are possible, because we are human beings.”
The next step could take three weeks — deciding whether the ISU or the Court of Arbitration for Sport will handle the matter — according to the German press agency DPA, quoting an ISU official.
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The Sochi Olympics beat the 2010 Vancouver Games for tickets sold, Sochi Organizing Committee president Dmitry Chernyshenko said Monday.
At least 640,000 people registered for tickets to the 2014 Olympics, about two million visited the Sochi Olympic Park and two billion people saw at least “one minute” of the Sochi Olympics on TV, Chernyshenko said, according to R-Sport.
The report did not state how many tickets were sold, but Chernyshenko said it was more than four years ago, when Vancouver reportedly sold 1.49 million tickets out of a possible 1.54 million.
A number of variables must be taken into consideration, such as the number of events (12 more in Sochi) as well as venue capacities.
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