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Winter Games begin, Putin keen to prove doubters wrong

Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Soch. (PTI) Russian President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Soch. (PTI)
Press Trust of India | Sochi | Posted: February 7, 2014 11:20 am | Updated: February 7, 2014 11:22 am

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday determined to prove his doubters wrong after militant attacks, a row over gay rights and ballooning costs overshadowed preparations. Putin has staked his reputation on hosting a safe and successful Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, where a three-hour spectacle before 40,000 spectators at the new Fisht Stadium will signal the start of the full sporting program.

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