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Security a concern during Sochi Games

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Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014

Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 13:02

Sochi Security

The Associated Press

Russian security forces stand guard as the Olympic torch makes it's way through the streets of the Rosa Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

Security remains a concern in Sochi, Russia as the Olympic Games kickoff Friday.

According to CBC News, the Russian government said they’re taking every precaution possible to ensure the safety of athletes, media personnel and fans.

“We can guarantee the safety of the people as well as any other government hosting a mass event [can]," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said Thursday.

The United States Department of  Homeland Security issued a warning Wednesday to Olympic travelers that toothpaste tubes could carry explosives on airplanes. According to CBC News, Kozak said Russia is collaborating with other nations to develop a database comprising of potential terrorists.

Although fear of terroristic activity is always on the forefront during large sporting events, Kozak said the “level of fear should be lower” involving the Sochi Games.

“there is no reason to believe Sochi, in Russia, is more threat than any other city in the world,” he said.

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