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  • Charm factor will help us, says Sochi bid chief


    Chernyshenko, an advertising guru and born in Sochi, added that the fact Russian president Vladimir Putin would be leading the delegation to Guatemala City for the vote on July 4 was equally significant.

    Sochi also received a boost when the influential publication 'Around The Rings' came out and declared that all three bids - the other two are last time runners up Pyeongchang from South Korea and the Austrian resort of Salzburg - were now level pegging.

    "However, despite all this good news we are not over confident, though, at the same time I am not nervous," said Chernyshenko.

    "We are in good shape, however, and we are building up great momentum and we will carry onto the end."

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