SOCHI SCENE: A return, and smiles

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 5:58 am •  Published: February 16, 2014
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ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — The prodigal son received a warm welcome back into the Olympic family on Sunday. And not just because of the spring-like temperatures in Sochi.

The Indian Olympic Association had its 14-month ban for internal corruption lifted five days ago. More than a week after the Games started, the saffron-white-green flag could finally be raised at the athletes' village in the mountains above Sochi.

After the ceremony, the three Indian athletes and all team officials received a present from the IOC: a pair of gloves from the Sochi Olympics merchandise range.

"Let these gloves keep you warm in all conditions," said master of ceremony Svetlana Zhurova, a 2006 Olympic speedskating champion who is now the village's mayor.

Luger Shiva Keshavan was the only one who put them on right away and showed around the knitted accessory — white, with the color of the fingers corresponding to the five Olympic rings.

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