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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatars Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the grassroots level.
I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics, Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Putin calls for one last Olympic push

Friday - Feb 08, 2013, 01:42pm (GMT+5.5)
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Sochi -Russian president Vladimir Putin has called on Sochi 2014 Olympic organisers to redouble their efforts in one final push to stage the Games without a hitch.

“In order to make the success complete, we still need to work intensively, redoubling our efforts,” he said on a visit to the Olympic Park Thursday, exactly a year before the opening ceremony of Russia’s first Winter Olympics.

“Far from all the construction work is finished, there’s still work to be done. Yes, it’s the final stage, yes, there’s no panic. Even where we have small delays, everything can still be overcome but every bit of strength has to be tapped. There’s a need to work," Putin said.

Earlier, criticism from Putin led to a senior official being fired from his post at the Russian Olympic Committee for delays in the construction of ski jump facilities. The president had spent the day touring Olympic sites, including the Olympic village and several venues at the Olympic Park, including the slightly delayed curling centre.





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