Sochi, 2014 (one of the most expensive and hottest) starts today 7th February, 2014 in Sochi, Russia on the Black Sea coast. Midnightbreakfast had pointed out the controversies and Russia’s anti – gay laws. Google today through its doodle https://www.google.co.in/?gws_rd=cr&ei=8cX0UviTJMH0kQWOu4HwAQ took a swipe at this stance of Russia quoting the Olympic charter which emphasises the right of every human to practise sport without any kind of discrimination.
Meanwhile, Russia in its bid to provide foolproof security to the games has almost ring fenced the Games venue in Sochi. Yesterday, its security forces shot dead two bombers in its Dagestan province, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26054029 , suspected to be behind the back to back Volgagrad (formerly Stanlingrad) railway station bombings. In mid – January, terrorists and Russian security forces lost their lives in an encounter in Dagestan http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/17/world/asia/russia-violence/ which has witnessed a rise in radical islamist terrorist activites as Russia cracks down on Chechen Muslims.
As the games are about to start (opening ceremony 9.30 pm IST), there are reports from varied sources regarding the lack of preparedness of Sochi to host the games, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2552200/Welcome-Sochi-Journalists-horror-finding-hotels-awash-stray-dogs-brown-water-bugs-no-lightbulbs-days-ahead-Games.html and http://mashable.com/2014/02/06/sochi-photos-you-wont-see/ . Reminded me about the Commonwealth Games in Delhi few years back.
Finally, Indian partcipants in the Games would participate under the Olympic flag as India’s Olympic Association is still de – recognised, plain sad.