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Sochi Olympics: IOC, Swiss, Hungarians downplay terror threats

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A slew of Western nations have received terrorist threats directly related to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia, yet the powers-to-be at the Olympics as well as at least two European countries Olympic Committees are giving it lip service, as reported by both EuroNews.com and also by Fox News on Jan. 22, 2014.

The United States, Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy have all received varying degrees of threats ranging from the vague to the specific concerning their respective nation's participation in the 2014 Winter Games to be held in Sochi, Russia.

Without giving specifics, the Germans have officially stated their threats were vague, at best.

In the meantime, the Hungarians have released that their message plainly stated:

Persons attending the Olympic Games might be blown up.

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With both the International Olympic Committee and the Russians analyzing the threatening letters sent to the Hungarians, they both declared that the threat was "not real" according to Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) International Relations Director Zsigmond Nagy:

Both the IOC and the Sochi organising committee… officially declared after the analysis of the letter that this threat is not real, and this person has been sending all kinds of messages to many members of the Olympic family.

The Hungarian attitude seems to be the prevalent feeling among the Europeans, despite the city of Sochi being in the figurative back yard of hot beds very extreme and equally bloody Islamic Jihad movements in nearby Dagestan and Chechnya.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) attempted to reassure the Magyar athletes that all is well — nothing to see here — just keep moving along:

[We will] pass on any credible information to the relevant security services. However, in this case it seems like the email sent to the Hungarian Olympic Committee contains no threat and appears to be a random message from a member of the public.

The IOC's head-honcho for media relations Emmanuelle Moreau added:

Also, please allow us to say that it would be totally wrong to describe this as a threat. The email is one person's opinion about security and terrorism.

It is not a threat from a terrorist.

We are sure you appreciate we take real threats very seriously but that also means -- with this specific email from one individual -- that we must not create a threat where one does not exist.

Martina Gasner, the spokeswoman for the SwissOlympic Committee flat-out said "similar threats were 'normal' so close to the Winter Games, and that athletes and officials would base their travel plans on the assessment of security and diplomatic officials."

Gasner also added:

This is kind of an everyday mail.

This is normal before every Olympics.

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