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Russian sport ‘widens the circle of partners’ – Olympic official – RT Sport News


Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdnyakov attended an international rally in Seoul this week

Interest in Russian sports expertise remains high and the country will continue to expand its group of international partners, according to Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdnyakov.

Pozdnyakov was part of a Russian delegation attending the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Seoul, the South Korean capital, this week.

Sharing a post on social media on Thursday, Pozdnyakov spoke about some of his activities at the event.

“We are preparing to sign memorandums of cooperation with colleagues from the NOCs (National Olympic Committees) of South Africa, Mali and Peru,” wrote the four-time Olympic fencing champion.

“In particular, more and more NOCs are interested in our coach education and training capabilities.

“Representatives from our NOCs will discuss the details of the agreements, but I suggest not wasting time on the formalities and moving as soon as possible to the practical implementation of what we have agreed in the working meetings.

“It can be said with certainty that the Russian Olympic Committee is expanding its circle of partners and friends,” added the head of the ROC.

“Even today, we had meetings with the NOCs of several countries, including the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Mali, Mauritania, Namibia and Peru.”

Pozdnyakov addressed the General Assembly on Thursday in his role as chairman of ANOC’s culture and education commission, showing delegates a video that featured footage of international events held in Russia this year. .

This prompted Danish delegate Hans Natorp to walk out of the room, with the official later saying the presentation was “Propaganda.”

Danish officials were among 11 National Olympic Committees that had questioned Russia and Belarus’ participation in the ANOC gathering, according to Inside the Games.


Their presence comes as Russian and Belarusian athletes remain banned from a wide variety of sports following a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in late February due to the conflict in Ukraine.

IOC President Thomas Bach has said sports officials from both nations should not be directly sanctioned – a stance he repeated at the ANOC General Assembly earlier this week.

Speaking on Wednesday, Pozdnyakov thanked delegations that had expressed support for the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competition.

“The main result, in my opinion, is the position of the overwhelming majority of National Olympic Committees on the inadmissibility of discrimination against athletes for political reasons”, said Pozdnyakov.

“It sounded pretty clear. This was also confirmed by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who gave a convincing response to the radical attacks on Russians and Belarusians.


The Olympic chief says that

Bach said in his opening remarks that he was “no time” to lift the recommendation to ban Russian and Belarusian athletes.

The German official argued that the IOC’s position serves in part to protect Russian and Belarusian athletes from the supposed hostility they would face outside their home countries.

Bach also said suspending athletes ensures governments in some countries don’t take matters into their own hands by imposing bans, which he says would mean the complete “politicization” Sport.

Many Russian officials and sports figures have described the IOC’s stance and the sweeping bans imposed on the country’s athletes as discriminatory and contrary to the Olympic principles of sport outside of politics.

Both Pozdnyakov and Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said the priority was to ensure Russian athletes were at least cleared in time for qualifying events for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

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