Sochi 2014 finds voice

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The Sochi 2014 ambassadors' team has been joined by as many as 157 singers from one of the oldest musical collectives of Russia – the Kuban Cossack Choir.

In its new role, not only will the Choir participate in the events of the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, but also facilitate the spread of Olympic and Paralympic values throughout Russia. The Kuban Cossack Choir has already become the second representative of the Krasnodar Region within the close–knit team of Sochi 2014 ambassadors – in 2010 Alexei Voevoda, the World bobsleigh Champion and multiple Olympic medallist, joined the team. Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, presented the honorary Sochi 2014 ambassador diploma to the choir on the scene of the Kremlin Grand Palace during the concert dedicated to the Choirs anniversary. Dmitry Chernyshenko also presented a big dozen–doll Matryoshka to the Choir which is one of the first products of the Sochi 2014 licence programme. Viktor Zakharchenko, artistic director of the Kuban Cossack Choir, said: " We thank the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee for the honour of joining the large and close family of Sochi 2014 ambassadors. It is essential that in 2014 we greet all the guests and athletes of Kuban not just with traditional bread and salt, but also with songs. I am convinced that our work will reflect the best of Russias multinational culture not least because our Kuban Cossack Choir has performed folk songs for 200 years now!" Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee, commented: " The Kuban Cossack Choir has long been part of various Sochi 2014 projects. The Choir has supported us since 2007 when the Sochi 2014 bid won in Guatemala. The Choirs interpretation of the Sochi 2014 hymn enchanted everyone during the Vancouver Games!The Kuban Cossack Choir has been actively participating in the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad project, the Olympiads audience to reach more than a million people by the end of this year. Thats why it is absolutely logical that this collective which is celebrating its bicentenary this year has entered the Sochi 2014 ambassadors team.

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