Putin says Russia to consider Beijing's experience of hosting Olympics

Updated: 2008-09-19 15:57


MOSCOW -- Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Thursday called on the country to draw on Beijing's experience when Russia starts to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in the city of Sochi, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

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"The just-held Games offered new, very timely experience to the implementation of the Russian Olympic project," Putin said at a meeting of the presidium of the Council for Sports.

The Russian premier demanded those involved in preparing for the Sochi Olympics analyze Beijing's experience in hosting the Games, because the Chinese counterparts had demonstrated a very high level of creativity in the preparation and organization of the Games.

"Many of us were able to see that for ourselves. We've got to analyze all of the Chinese partners' positive achievements and take them into account," he said.

Russia's black sea resort of Sochi won the right to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in July, 2007. It is the first time for the country to hold Winter Olympics.

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