Sochi is seeing a heartwarming ceremony as the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games open. The hosts are among the Paralympic favorites at the Games, which are already raising the awareness for the disabled people in Russia.
Germany’s bobsleigh federation has banned former world champ Manuel Machata from racing for a year and fined him 5,000 euro for lending his equipment to Russian athlete Aleksandr Zubkov, who won two gold medals at the 2014 Sochi Games.
The upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi will demonstrate that there are no limits to people who have the will to overcome their disabilities - a good lesson for host Russia, which still has a way to go to make such people fully accepted by the community.
The torch relay for the Paralympics has started at Cape Dezhnev, the easternmost point of Russia. Over 1,500 torchbearers in 45 cities will take part in the relay, which will end at Sochi’s Fisht stadium on March 7, the day the Games begin.
President Vladimir Putin has praised all those who took part, attended and organized the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The far-reaching 17-day event "opened the door not only to Russia, but also to the Russian soul, to the hearts of our people," he said.
Choosing to host the Olympics in Sochi was a ‘good choice’, and revenue will continue to flow into the city after the Games and attract more tourists and investors, says Deloitte, Heineken, and Swissotel.
The 2014 Sochi Olympics has seen world-class displays of sporting prowess – but there are some athletes and achievements that will especially stick in our memories long after the Olympic flame goes out.
After two weeks of cheering, intense competition, and record-breaking achievements, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games finally bid farewell, as athletes and fans gather one last time to admire the sparkling closing ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium.