Undecorated Russian competitors are to get a second chance at snow-based activities in ‘Olympic Legacy Camps’.
In compounds across Siberia, Olympians will be encouraged to take part in new winter sports such as the wheelbarrow, the rock smash, the axe swing, trudging, the mine dash and the 6ft trench, all under the watchful eye of ‘Russia 2014 Ambassadors’.
A Russian government spokesman explained, ‘As part of our Legacy Programme, it’s important that our Olympians know that whatever their performance in the games, the Russian government never forgets.’
On Sunday, millions of people watched the games’ closing ceremony, the climax of which saw ballet dancers and circus clowns with whips herding athletes into an enormous train pointed eastwards, to the strains of Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C Sharp Minor.
Those already arrived in the camps have already been seen building their fitness levels by climbing as far as they can up the high fences.
Although some concern has been expressed about conditions on the camps, describing them as ”cramped’, ‘unhygienic’ and ‘brutal’, others have compared them favourably to those in the Sochi 2014 Olympic Village.