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Minister Hints at Skating Legacy for Sochi Venue

15:23 07.02.2013 (Last updated 15:41 07.02.2013)

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MOSCOW, February 7 (R-Sport) - The figure skating venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics could be used as a training base for skaters after the Games rather than being converted into a cycling velodrome, a senior minister suggested Thursday, highlighting a possible dispute in the Russian government.

The Sports Ministry plans to turn the Iceberg Skating Palace into a velodrome, but deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak said the arena would keep its current name and that any legacy plans must be based on an assessment of skaters’ needs.

“We still need to weigh up and analyze what sort of physical base exists for figure skaters in the country as a whole and in the city of Sochi, and take a final decision on this facility,” he said.

The Iceberg Skating Palace hosted its first major test event with figure skating’s Grand Prix Finals in December.

It will also play host to short-track speed-skating during the Games and hosted a round of that sport’s World Cup last week.

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