Jan 21, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; Security officers patrol in Olympic Park prior to 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

International Olympic Committee labels threatening letters 'hoaxes'

The National Olympic Committees in Germany, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia, and Slovakia all received threatening letters on Wednesday warning of a potential terrorist attack at the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. However, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was quick to downplay the importance of the letters, calling them hoaxes.

An IOC offiical sent the following statement to Inside the Games:

The IOC takes security very seriously and passes on any credible information to the relevant security services. However, in this case it seems like the email sent to a number of NOCs contains no threat and appears to be a random message from a member of the public.

The threat of some sort of attack has created a huge cloud over the Sochi Games. Two suicide bombings in Volgograd last month killed 34 people, and Russian security forces recently released a statement regarding Ruzanna Ibragimova, a woman they believe has both found her way into Sochi and is planning a bombing at the Olympics.

The Sochi Olympics will represent the biggest security operation in the history of the Games, with more than 30,000 police and troops having been deployed earlier this month.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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