“I’m very impressed with the vuvuzelas and,” but he added, “we’re thinking of not having them.
“Out of courtesy to the players and their fellow spectators, we make a point of asking spectators not to bring items which could either cause a distraction or interfere with the enjoyment of the occasion,” All England Club chief executive Ian Ritchie said in a statement Thursday.
“Rattles, klaxons and vuvuzelas all fall into that category and they will not be allowed into the grounds. Our message is do not bring them in the first place.”
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“We do a pretty good job of stealing players from other countries and I think their fans deserve a chance to see a tournament like this,” said Team USA head coach Ron Wilson.
“I think the best players in the world should have an opportunity to compete in the Olympics,” said Babcock. “This is a great showcase event and players are thrilled to be here. I’m a big fan of the ice surface being the same as well because think the game is so much better.”
Sochi’s mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics are a rad snowboarding snow leopard, a squeaky-voiced figure skating bunny and an earnest, slightly dorky polar bear. With 2008 Russian presidential election, on March 2, 2008 there was an unofficial referendum held in Sochi to elect the mascot for the 2014 Winter Olympics. 270,000 voters along with their ballots received a coupon with four mascot candidates: Ded Moroz, a snowflake, a polar bear and a dolphin. According to a representative of Sochi city administration, the majority of Sochians voted for the dolphin. However, representatives of the Sochi Organizing Committee for the Games, which is to officially elect a logo and a mascot, commented, that while respecting the opinion of Sochians, such a procedure is usually held later, the mascot is to be elected not earlier than 2011 and the logo in the middle of 2009. They also pointed out, that the final version of the mascot should be a consensus of opinions of all citizens of the country and the result of work by professional designers and market analysts. On December 1, 2009 the official 2014 Winter Olympic logo was released. International Olympic Committee President, Jacques Rogge, said of the logo: “It’s very appealing. It’s very creative, innovative. I think it will appeal especially to the young population.”
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The traditional Slavic counterpart of Santa Claus who is also Father Frost of the city of Velikiy Ustyug, received an official Sochi 2014 diploma to commemorate his appointment. Following the award, Father Frost offered to become the official mascot for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Despite Father Frost’s generous offer, the unveiling of the official Sochi 2014 mascot (or mascots) will, in line with Olympic tradition, not take place until 2011 – three years ahead of the Games.
Vladimir Putin, working as a prime minister of Russia these days, said during a live video call with Vancouver that preparations for the next Olympic Games (to be hosted in Sochi, Russia) have already attracted 500 billion rubles ($16.5 billion US). He also confirmed that so far we are on time financing and time vise.
The Winter Olympic Games of 2014 will take place in Sochi, Russia. For the first time this country will host winter Olympic games, and if the ex-Soviet Union is taken out of the calculation, this will be the first Olympic games ever in Russia. At least three big challenges face Moscow on the road toward this major international event. One of them is financial; the second has to do with the domestic politics; the last but not the least deals with regional political situation. If all these challenges are satisfied, Russia and the region won’t be the same in short period of time.
In accordance with the regulations laid down by the International Olympic Committee, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is obliged to present its vision for the Sochi 2014 Games in Canada, as well as showcasing the city and country which, in four years time, will be the focus of attention for millions of people in the rest of the world. Unprecedented in its scale, the Sochi2014.ru World, Russky Dom project will be the only official location for the Russian delegation in Vancouver. It will introduce guests at the Vancouver 2010 Games to Russia in its role as a leading sports power, as well as to the city of Sochi. Sochi World will become its own gateway to the future in 2014 in Russia, in the Krasnodar region, in the Olympic location of Sochi itself.
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