It’s always a big deal when the Olympics are hosted in your home country. For the Russians, the Olympics are so important that, according to the AP, the parliament said Wednesday that they will support an initiative to cut the school day short so children can spend more time watching the Games.
On top of that, teachers will even be encouraged to give less homework to students so they'll have even more time to watch the Games.
The initiative was brought up by a member of the Kremlin-backed party, United Russia, and subsequently backed by parliament speaker Sergei Naryshkin.
The children of Sochi already have three weeks off from school for the Games while 20,000 of the city’s 54,000 schoolchildren are participating in Olympic-related events according to a city education official.
Schoolchildren aren’t the only ones who get a brief respite from their normal schedules. The Russian Ministry of Defense has revised the schedules of troops to allow them to have more free time to watch the Olympics, which are being broadcasted live on the “three leading state-owned channels” in the country.
The Russians currently sit at eighth-place in the current medal standings with one gold, three silver, and three bronze medals.
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