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Unseasonal Sochi Heat Won't Affect Paralympics – Organizers

15:02 06.03.2014

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SOCHI, March 6 (R-Sport) – As the mercury in Sochi continues to rise, organizers made assurances Thursday there will be no problem with the snow at the Winter Paralympic Games that start Friday.

At the Krasnaya Polyana village where the alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions are to be held, the temperature rose to 14 degrees Celsius on Thursday, and the forecasts indicate the mini heatwave won't let up anytime soon.

“We have strong contingency plans that had already been tested ahead of the Games, as we conducted a number of test events,” vice president of the organizing committee Alexandra Kosterina said.

“We don't have any doubts that the competitions will be held and will be successful. Yes, we've seen some heat and we hope we'll see a lot of heat in the competitions.”

During the February 7-23 Olympics, there were some minor snow problems, causing complaints from several alpine skiers and an unusual number of falls at the biathlon and cross-country skiing events. There was also thick fog leading to the delay of several events.

It is unclear if organizers dipped into the approximately half a million cubic meters of snow kept in storage during the Olympics.

The XI Winter Paralympics will be held from March 7 to 16.

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