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Swiss named 2014 Olympics sports director

Ice hockey official Werner Augsburger has been appointed sports director of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Switzerland’s ice hockey league says Augsburger is leaving in August after two seasons as its chief executive, and will start his Olympic duties in Russia in September.

Augsburger said in a statement that it was “a great honour” for the Sochi organising committee to have shown such confidence in him.

“As a long-time official in the field of sport, where I’ve taken on different roles, this is a unique opportunity, comparable to a Swiss hockey player being offered the chance to play for the National Hockey League,” he said.

A previous head of the Swiss Olympic Association, he has also been the Swiss team’s head of mission at three Olympic Games.

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