SOCHI: Russia has delivered a "spectacular" Olympics as the Sochi Winter Games closed Sunday night with the whole country basking in athletic achievements and compliments from the Olympic chief, reports Xinhua.
Despite a few glitches including an unopened Olympic ring that marred the otherwise perfect opening ceremony, the Games was generally well-run.
International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach congratulated Russia in the closing ceremony for delivering "all what it had promised" and thanked President Vladimir Putin for his role ensuring their "extraordinary success".
Bach said the Games showed "the face of a new Russia, efficient and friendly, patriotic and open to the world", hailing the Olympics as "the athletes' Games".
Earlier in the day, Bach rated the Sochi Olympics as a "great" Games without a single complaint from athletes.
Bach said all participants had "overwhelmingly positive" response to the Games and they "loved" the venues and facilities.
"Whether you speak with the athletes, national Olympic committee, international federations, sponsors or broadcasters you hear a lot of praise for these Games,"