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Bach Pays Tribute to Volgograd Bombing Victims

SOCHI — IOC President Thomas Bach paid tribute Tuesday to the victims of the recent suicide bombings in Volgograd that killed 34 people and heightened security concerns for the Sochi Olympics.

Bach said "we remember and grieve for the innocent victims of conflict, and especially the recent victims in Volgograd."

Bach spoke at a ceremony in the athletes village for the Olympic Truce, a symbolic resolution urging warring parties to observe a truce during the Games.

Bach said Tuesday's ceremony "is a rebuke to those whose motives and goals stand in sharp contrast to the spirit of harmony and global solidarity at these Games."

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