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Kerry Reassures on Olympic Security: 'Look at the Boston Marathon'

12:03 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Secretary of State John Kerry was asked about security at the Olympics. He said he wasn't too concerned, but then brought up the Boston Marathon.

"Well, obviously, people have heard about the events that took place in Russia previously. And there’s been a lot of chatter about security and it’s a concern, but it’s not something – I mean, if somebody said to me, 'I’m thinking of going to the Olympics,' I’d say, 'Go and have a terrific time,'" Kerry told Al Koken of Comcast SportsNet in an interview.

"And there’s huge security, there’s been an enormous amount of preparation, and I can’t tell people that – I think everybody has to take precautions as we do anywhere now. Look at the Boston Marathon for instance. Any sporting event, any global event, you want to take precautions. But I believe huge efforts have been made, the security is strong, and I would say to anybody who asked me, 'Should I go?' I’d say, 'Yeah, and have a great time.'"

Kerry also said his job as secretary of state cuts into his ice time:

QUESTION: As most of you know, Secretary Kerry not just a hockey fan but a very active hockey player, but has your new job cut into your ice time?

SECRETARY KERRY: Big time. (Laughter.) Last time I skated was our family broom hockey game around Christmas. So I got to get out there. I want to get out there. I just haven’t found the time to be here when I can.

QUESTION: So tough to get a three-on-three game in Riyadh, is that --

SECRETARY KERRY: Yeah. (Laughter.) Yeah, but there – it’s funny. I see some rinks around. I get excited occasionally in various places I go, but I haven’t been able to get out.

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