Germany to send sports minister to Sochi Games

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BERLIN: Germany will send its sports minister to attend the Sochi Winter Olympics, the government said on Friday, after President Joachim Gauck said he would stay away from the event in Russia. Gauck has denied his no-show at the February 2014 event was a “boycott” over Russia’s human rights record, but it was nonetheless widely interpreted as a snub of President Vladimir Putin’s government and rights record. A spokesman in Berlin said that “Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere will travel as the German Minister of Sports to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi to attend sporting competitions and support the German athletes on site.”

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