Napolitano ready to lead US delegation to Sochi

Former US Homeland Security chief Napolitano hopes focus for Sochi Games shifts to athletes

OAKLAND, California (AP) -- Former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is ready for the focus of the Sochi Olympics to shift from security concerns and terrorism threats to all the athletes who will be competing.

Yet Napolitano fully understands the daunting task of organizing an event of this magnitude -- especially in the wake of two suicide bombings last week in the Russian city of Volgograd, 400 miles (640 km) from Sochi.

She is set to lead the U.S. delegation next month to the Sochi Games, selected by President Barack Obama. For the first time since 2000, the United States will not send a president, former president, first lady or vice president to the Olympics.

Updated : 2021-01-28 17:58 GMT+08:00