Sochi Olympics boss pledges games will be safe



ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The head of the organizing committee for the 2014 Winter Olympics says Russian authorities are working intensively with games officials to ensure a high level of security.

Concern over security at the Olympics in Sochi next February has been high as the city is in the vicinity of restive Russian regions including Chechnya and Dagestan. The suspects in this year’s Boston Marathon bombings were ethnic Chechens and one of them last year visited Dagestan, where authorities are investigating if he had contact with Islamic militants.

Sochi organizing committee head Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a Wednesday briefing that, “This season our security tested all necessary projects to reach the goal” and “the state is providing outstanding efforts to guarantee that (the Olympics) will be safe and quiet.”