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Medals race starts after flashy opening

GAMES ON:After a build-up dogged by controversies, the 22nd Winter Olympics officially opened on Friday with a display that dazzled even the foreign press

AFP, SOCHI, Russia

However, IOC President Thomas Bach made an impassioned call for politics to stay out of sport, saying “have the courage to address your disagreements in political dialogue and not on the back of your athletes.”

The security concerns that have shadowed these Games were underlined when a Ukrainian man attempted to hijack an airliner en route from Ukraine to Turkey and divert it to Sochi.

Turkish military jets forced the plane to land in Istanbul, where security teams overpowered the man, said to be drunk.

The US has already announced a temporary ban on liquids and gels in hand luggage on Russia-bound flights, following a warning that militants could stuff explosives into toothpaste.

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