The heads of 44 states will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi
The fire of the XXII Winter Olympic Games will be lit this evening. The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych will be among the VIP guests at the Fisht stadium.
The heads of 44 states are expected to attend the official opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi. 20 more leaders of the states will visit Sochi later during the competitions. It is expected that in the course of the visit to Sochi Viktor Yanukovych will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.
The US President Barak Obama and heads of several countries of the EU will not arrive in Russia for various reasons. For example, the President of France François Hollande.
The Script of the opening ceremony remains to be a secret. It is not informed who will light up the Olympic fire. The Russian mass media name the three-fold Olympic champions in figure skating Irina Rodnina and in hockey Vladislav Tretyak more often than other names.
43 athletes represent Ukraine on the Olympic Games. They will participate in 9 out of 15 types of sports. The skier Valentina Shevchenko will carry the flag of Ukraine during the opening ceremony. It will be the fifth Olympic Games in the career of the 38-year old athlete. Two Ukrainian TV channels will broadcast the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi: Inter and the First National Channel. The broadcast will start at 6:00 p.m. The opening ceremony will begin at 6:14 p.m. Kiev time.