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7 Jul, 2008 15:21

Sochi 2014 bobsled track moved because of ecology concerns

A bobsled track planned for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics will be shifted to a different location.

Russia's regional development minister said that the site of the track will be relocated because of environmental concerns.

A UNESCO world heritage site, the Caucasian biosphere reserve lies just to the north of Sochi. The bobsled track was to be constructed at Grushovy Ridge in the valley of the river Pslukh, a spot still unaffected by human activity.

The move comes after ecologists and the local public filed a petition to protect the national park.

The new location will not be sited on any nature reserves, national parks or ecologically sensitive areas.