“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”
Commissioner William Evans has a best of 3:34.
This follows bomb attacks on consecutive days last month that killed 34 people and the discovery of 6 bodies in the region 186 miles east of Sochi.
Similar protest zones were set-up during the Beijing 2008 Olympics but were hardly used as they were located so far from venues.
This article points out that De Vos has saved UKA millions and secured lucrative sponsorship deals such as the move from adidas to Nike.
They were found guilty of spying on the West Ham soccer team during the stadium deal and fined anywhere from 16,000 to 163,000 dollars.
An interesting fact, in the British version, the lead actor ran on a 25-foot-long treadmill and estimated he covered about 5K during the course of the show.
It is also being considered a snub that the delegation won't include any top officials such the president, first lady or the vice president, all who headed the previous four Olympic delegations.
This is the latest in a long line of mishaps that have clouded the torch relay.
Some are interpreting it as a protest against Russia's anti-gay law.
IOC president Thomas Bach said their Olympic ban won't be lifted until they hold new elections, which are in February.
One protest leader said, "I think the fact that Russia has basically reversed its ban on public demonstrations during the Games shows how much international pressure has influenced what's happening there."