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Russian officials expedite visa process

Updated: March 25, 2011, 3:25 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Russia's top Olympic official says the government will expedite the visa process for the world figure skating championships that Moscow has taken over from earthquake-ravaged Japan.

Deputy prime minister Alexander Zhukov, who heads the Russian Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press that officials will provide easier access to visas -- often difficult to obtain -- for the athletes, coaches, officials and fans going to next month's rescheduled event.

"For major sports ...

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