What Is Being Done To Keep Athletes and Spectators Safe at The Winter Olympics in Sochi [VIDEO]
If you're making the journey to Sochi, Russia to be a part of the 2014 Winter Olympic games, rest assured that plenty of measures are being taken to insure that what happened in Munich Germany in 1972, will never happen again.
In a recent poll, almost half of Americans surveyed say the decision to hold the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia wasn't a good one.
The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, shows that 44% of Americans say Sochi was a “bad decision” over the 32% who think it was a “good decision.”
But, clearly, security officials have done an amazing job keeping athletes and visitors safe during this year's events and over the decades past. This time around, there was reason for extra concern, perhaps no longer.
Rutger-Camden News Now explains:
With ongoing conflicts and terrorist threats in the region, there are growing security concerns, prompting the U.S. Department of State to issue a travel alert to U.S. citizens.
According to Wojtek Wolfe, an assistant professor of political science:
global terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda and its various derivatives, as well as global political groups connected to terrorist activities, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, may be seeking to gain notoriety and exposure by executing an attack at the Olympics.
But what is being done in Olympic village?
The Berkshire Eagle reports:
"Just to get from the Olympic Village to the pool, you had to go through so many layers of security and checkpoints. They'd do sweeps of the buses to check for any suspicious bags, and they were very aware of how many bags and who was bringing what on the bus."
Fortunately, Olympic security in the region has been somewhat similar to what you'd see in an airport.
In conclusion, telegraph.co.uk tells us:
The Sochi Winter Olympics will have some of most extensive identity checks and sweeping anti-terrorist measures ever seen at an international sports event. The tight security aims to make Sochi the “safest Games ever” despite the threat of Islamist terrorism.
When the Russian Ambassador to the United States spoke on CNN he had this to say:
Feel safe America and Go U.S.A.!