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January 27, 2014 AT 9:52 AM
IOC President Thomas Bach defended the choice of Sochi as host of the Winter Olympics on Monday and said he's "sleeping very well" despite the terror threat hanging over the games. Bach reiterated his confidence that Russia will provide "safe and secure" games without taking away from a festive Olympic atmosphere. Russia is mounting a massive security operation for the games, which open February 7th, amid threats of attacks from Muslim insurgents from the North Caucasus region. Sochi resident Evgenia Prokopenko says the increased security makes her feel safe: Bach said in a conference call with reporters, "We have full confidence in the host country, and we also know that Russia and the Russian security services are working closely with different international services in order to ensure that all the participants and spectators in the games can feel safe and secure."