IOC President Thomas Bach on Sunday congratulated Russia for delivering "all what it had promised" in hosting the Sochi Games and thanked President Vladimir Putin for his role ensuring their "extraordinary success".
Sochi`s $50 billion Olympics, plagued by a chorus of fears over terrorism and civil rights in the build-up, close Sunday with Russia hailing a Games wrapped up in the image of President Vladimir Putin.
The world`s ice hockey superpowers slug it out for a place in the men`s semi-finals at the Winter Olympics on Wednesday, when the more graceful yet no less competitive women`s figure skating also gets underway.
Swiss outsider Sandro Viletta won men`s super combined Olympic gold Friday as the big Alpine ski stars failed to fire while soaring temperatures sent organisers scrambling to re-jig training schedules.
German slalom specialist Felix Neureuther is being examined for whiplash following a car accident on an icy road on his way to the airport to the Sochi Olympic Games, Germany`s skiing federation spokesman said on Friday.
Out of contention for a medal, India`s Shiva Keshavan remained at a disappointing 37th spot after third and penultimate round of men`s singles luge competitions in the Sochi Winter Olympic Games here today.
The organisers of the Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi said on Sunday they had sold 92 percent of the tickets available for the first day of main competition but admitted thousands had not made it on time due to tight security.