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Rush to Finish Sochi 2014 Curling Arena

19:32 12.01.2013 (Last updated 14:35 14.01.2013)

Dmitry Svishchev
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SOCHI, January 12 (R-Sport) - Workers are putting the finishing touches to the Sochi 2014 Olympic curling arena just four days before it hosts its first international test event, the head of the Russian Curling Federation told R-Sport on Sunday.

The Ice Cube Curling Center was supposed to be finished last month, but delays have left little room for error ahead of the start of the world wheelchair curling championships Wednesday.

“The arena is practically ready. Everything’s been built and now the systems are being fine-tuned,” Dmitry Svishchev said, but admitted preparations for the wheelchair world championships would be last-minute.

“On January 15 a commission from the World Curling Federation is coming to take over the facility. After that the preparation for the world wheelchair championships will start.”

The curling arena had been supposed to open with the Russian men’s championships last month, only for the delays to force that plan to be abandoned.

The Russian women’s championships could be moved there instead, Svishchev said.

Russia is a growing force in world curling, with the women’s team crowned European champions last month.

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