Germany’s interior minister to attend Sochi Games
Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere will represent Germany at
the Sochi Olympics in February.
The ministry told The Associated Press that de Maiziere will
”attend some competitions” and ”support German athletes” and
the precise schedule of the trip will be decided in January.
Spokesman Philipp Spauschus could not say if de Maiziere would
attend the opening ceremony or would travel later to the games.
De Maiziere’s ministry is also responsible for sports. German
Chancellor Angela Merkel has never attended such a ceremony in
eight years in office.
Germany’s President Joachim Gauck said this month that he would
not travel to Russia.
World leaders have been critical of Russia’s human-rights
record, including a new anti-gay law, and many countries are
sending low-key delegations to Sochi.