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Australia Imposes Travel Restrictions on Its Olympic Athletes in Sochi

Feb 01, 2014 2:00 pm

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Let’s hope the ban won’t prevent the winter Olympians from enjoying the beach at the Black Sea summer resort.

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The Olympic rings are seen in front of the airport of Sochi, the host city for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics April 22, 2013. Alexander Demianchuk / Reuters


The Australian Olympic Committee has imposed travel restrictions on team members in Sochi, advising athletes not to travel into downtown areas outside the secured perimeter of Olympic Games venues.

Team chief Ian Chesterman outlined the restrictions Saturday, saying they followed general advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs to “exercise a high degree of caution” in Russia.

Chesterman said the 60-member team was allowed to travel only on official Olympic transport between venues and not to go beyond “the security perimeters.”

He says “I don’t think it will detract from the experience because the highlights of these Games are the regions they can still go to.”

While imposing what he called “minor restrictions,” Chesterman said he was confident with security levels in Sochi, adding: “We feel very comfortable coming here, everybody here has already experienced a level of security is in place — it’s intense, but not heavy-handed.”

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