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Olympic officials say they interceded on behalf of mistreated workers

February 03, 2014|By David Wharton
  • International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaks during a news conference prior to the start of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach speaks during… (Fabrice Coffrini / AFP/Getty…)

SOCHI, Russia -- The International Olympic Committee said Monday that it has intervened on behalf of workers who built venues and surrounding infrastructure at the 2014 Sochi Games.

IOC President Thomas Bach said his organization found "concrete information" regarding the mistreatment of the workers.

The IOC subsequently met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and an ombudsman for human rights regarding outstanding payments to the workers.

"As a result," Bach said, "we found that 227 million rubles had been paid to workers in 13 companies."

The Games, scheduled to begin on Feb. 7, will cost an estimated $50 million-plus for venues and infrastructure such as roads, railways and hotels.

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