South Korea – The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended from the Winter Video games, but its vp was working in Pyeongchang on Thursday with Russian athletes, simply the newest loophole discovered within the ban.
Stanislav Pozdnyakov spoke to reporters within the Olympic press middle, explaining the ban would not apply to him.
For the Pyeongchang Video games, Pozdnyakov is the top of the delegation of the “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” the no-flag, impartial delegation of 168 athletes that the Worldwide Olympic Committee has allowed to compete. Fifty-one extra Russian athletes have appealed their bans for doping earlier than the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport. A ruling is anticipated on Friday.
“It’s a must to learn attentively the choice of the IOC,” Pozdnyakov defined, going by means of the ins-and-outs of the ruling.
“The IOC determination says that the Russian Olympic Committee is suspended,” Pozdnyakov acknowledged. “The president and the final secretary for the Russian Olympic Committee usually are not capable of take part in these video games. However (there’s) nothing concerning the vp or different workers members of the Russian Olympic Committee.”
Group spokesman Konstantin Vybornov mentioned the Russian “workers was appointed by the IOC as a separate workforce,” a transfer to permit high Russian officers to steer their delegation.
In an e mail to The Related Press, the IOC mentioned Pozdnyakov was in cost to make sure “that the clear Russian athletes competing listed here are given correct help.”
Pozdnyakov mentioned there was no “medal goal” for the Olympics, and he declined to take a position concerning the appeals earlier than the sports activities tribunal.
“I will be glad if further members of our delegation will likely be at these video games,” he mentioned.
Russia’s workforce will likely be one of many largest in Pyeongchang; smaller than it was 4 years in the past at house in Sochi, and an analogous dimension to the workforce in Vancouver in 2010.
An Olympic volunteer will carry the Olympic flag when Russia marches into the stadium on Friday. The IOC has mentioned it might raise the ban if Russians comply with the “letter and spirit” of the regulation. This could enable Russia to march underneath its personal nationwide flag on the closing ceremony.
Requested to precise his sentiments concerning the ban, Pozknyakov declined.
“I can not remark,” he mentioned, “as a result of I accepted an invite of the Worldwide Olympic Committee.”
He mentioned Russians have been instructed to behave – no Russian flags, no criticism of the IOC, no protests.
“We already gave recommendation to them, pointers of conduct by the IOC,” Pozdnyakov mentioned. “However we can not embrace in these pointers the hundreds of possible conditions. I do know that everyone from our delegation is aware of concerning the guidelines and is able to respect them.”
Pozdnyakov repeated the objective: to march within the closing ceremony underneath Russia’s flag – not the five-ring, Olympic model.
“The overall concept on the finish,” Pozdnyakov mentioned, “is to get the Russian flag within the closing ceremony.”