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Vladimir Putin says ‘ongoing glitches,’ delays in Sochi Olympic preparation

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Russian gas monopoly Gazprom Head Alexei Miller in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

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Russian president Vladimir Putin called it “nothing out of the ordinary,” but said there are glitches and delays with the Olympics fewer than 150 days away.

“Despite the large amount of work that has already been done, there are still ongoing glitches and delays in time frames,” Putin said, according to R-Sport. “But overall it’s a normal thing for such a large project. There’s nothing out of the ordinary.

“We know the time the Olympics start, and we can’t slip at all.”

Putin spoke in Sochi at the opening of a $500 million Olympic university for retired athletes seeking new careers in sports. Among those set to study in Sochi are U.S. women’s hockey player Molly Engstrom and Polish swimmer Otylia Jędrzejczak.

Putin said he ordered Olympic supervisor and deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak to send him progress reports every two weeks.

“I’m going to be coming here more often,” Putin said in Sochi.

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