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Russia’s Cross Country Ski Federation seeks extending work with German Coach Kramer

April 24, 16:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Led by Head Coach Kramer, athletes from Russia won three silver and five bronze medals in cross-country skiing competitions at the 2018 Winter Olympics

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Yelena Vyalbe

Yelena Vyalbe

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MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The Russian Cross Country Ski Federation wishes to continue its work with the current head coach of the Russian national team, German expert Markus Kramer, until the next Winter Olympics in 2022, Yelena Vyalbe, the president of the national federation, told TASS on Tuesday.

"We have evaluated the work of foreign specialists as satisfactory," Vyalbe said in an interview with TASS. "We have no questions whatsoever either to Markus (Kramer) or servicemen, who did an outstanding job at the (2018) Olympics and throughout the season on the whole."

"This is why we wish that he (Kramer) would continue working with us for the period of the next Olympic cycle," Vyalbe said. "We hope that the Russian Olympic Committee will support us regarding this program."

Led by Head Coach Kramer, athletes from Russia won three silver and five bronze medals in cross-country skiing competitions at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea’s PyeongChang, although many leading athletes from the team were barred from travelling to the Games.

Late last year, the International Olympic Committee suspended the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee over doping abuse allegations but allowed clean Russian athletes to participate in the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag and in the neutral status of an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR).

The IOC ruled on Wednesday, February 28, to reinstate the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee.

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