Jan 30, 2014; Sochi, RUSSIA; General view of mountain cluster Olympic Village during its opening prior to 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

Australia puts travel restrictions on Sochi athletes

Ian Chesterman of the Australian Olympic Committee revealed on Saturday that the athletes representing Australia at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi will be restricted in terms of where they can travel.

According to Chesterman, the restrictions are “minor.” Athletes won’t be allowed to travel to downtown Sochi or to the nearby district of Adler, and they will be required to use the official transportation system when moving between venues.

Inside the Games grabbed Chesterman’s explanation:

We think it is good practice to define what a degree of caution requires for our Olympic team. We’ve chosen this area because we know it’s the most intense area of Russian security that’s been put in place.


The transport between the venues is absolutely fine – the only restriction we put in, in terms of movement between the clusters, is that they use the official transport system. 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.

The Sochi Olympics begin in six days.

[Source: Inside the Games]

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  • http://5starhotelssydney.net.au/ Frank Jolie

    well the restriction in terms of where athletes can’t travel is just fine for their sake…