Lavish ceremony opens Sochi Olympics

Legacy of Sochi Games remains a question mark amid gay activists' defiance, environmental damage and safety threats.

    Russia has spent more than $50bn to stage the Winter Games in Sochi. The lavish opening ceremony took place in front of a crowd of about 40 thousand people.

    The build-up to the games has been overshadowed by claims of corruption, security fears and human rights concerns.

    Al Jazeera's Rory Challands has more from Sochi.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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