2014 promises to be a majestic year for the world of sport and the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, has to be one of the most prestigious. Athletes competing from over 90 of the world’s nations will come together to participate in 98 events, spread over 15 winter sports.
It’s the first time that Sochi has held the Winter Games, and it’s the first-time an Olympics festival has been held in the Russian Federation since the break up of the USSR (USSR held the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow).
The games are set to take place 7-23 February and are being billed as the most expensive Olympic Games in history after the original budget of $12 billion has since risen to $51 billion.
It’s another big sporting event that will attract a lot of gambling interest with all major sports books like Unibet offering lines on the 98 events. In a bid to make sure everything is above board, the International Olympic Committee have approached the Nevada Gaming Control Board, to help them prevent match fixing and any other forms of manipulation- although the committee was quick to point out that the partnership is a preventative one and not because they suspect any wrongdoing could damage the games reputation.
The event is going to attract tourists in their droves and the Russian government is pulling out all the stops in an attempt to make them visitors feel as welcome as possible. Traveling to foreign lands at the time of great sporting events is always a great experience and Sochi will be no different, so the Russian government will be deploying a security force of 100,000 people, and that includes 40,000 police and 30,000 active military personnel in a bid to make the games as safe as possible.