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Sochi chosen to host 2015 global sports convention
Despite criticism of Russia over Ukraine, Sochi picked to host major Olympic meeting in 2015
Associated Press
2014-07-23 03:42 AM

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Sochi has been selected to host a major sports convention next year, despite global criticism of Russia following the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

SportAccord, an umbrella body representing Olympic and non-Olympic sports federations, announced Tuesday that it would take its annual convention in 2015 to Sochi, the Russian city which hosted the 2014 Winter Games.

SportAccord President Marius Vizer says Sochi is "a city that demonstrated its passion for sport and capability through the successful organization of the Winter Olympic Games."

The meeting will be held in April or May.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Durban, South Africa; and a city in Brazil had also been considered as venues for the convention.

The IOC normally holds an executive board meeting in conjunction with SportAccord.

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