The head of the International Olympic Committee has paid tribute to the victims of recent suicide bombings in the Russian city of Volgograd, as authorities remain on high alert for possible terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympics.
Thomas Bach made his remarks during a ceremony Tuesday at the Sochi Olympics village.
Bach called the ceremony a "rebuke to those whose motives stand in sharp contrast to the spirit of harmony and global solidarity" of the Sochi Games.
Bach also metwith Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, with final preparations being made for the Olympics.
Mr. Putin said the Sochi Games will leave behind a great legacy, noting preparation has already effected Sochi's "socioeconomic, cultural and environmental development."
Bach congratulated Russia on delivering on promises made to the International Olympic Committee seven years ago.