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IOC reinstates Russian Olympic chief Zhukov as chief coordinator for 2022 Winter Games

April 26, 20:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The world’s governing Olympic body yanked the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee and its President Zhukov in December, 2017 over doping scandal

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MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), has been reinstated as the chairman of the IOC (International Olympic Committee) Coordination Commission for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, the world’s governing Olympic body told TASS on Thursday.

"We can confirm that Mr. Zhukov is reinstated as Chair of the Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission," the press service of the IOC announced to TASS.

In February 2016, the IOC appointed Zhukov to chair the committee’s Coordination Commission of the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The ROC president also served as the chairman of the IOC Evaluation Commission to select the 2022 Winter Olympic Games hosting country.

The Executive Board of the IOC announced its decision on December 5, 2017 to suspend the Russian national team from taking part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang over multiple doping abuse allegations. Zhukov’s duties in regard to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China were relegated to Spain's Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr.

The world’s governing Olympic body stated that not only did it ban Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko and ex-Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh from attending all Olympic events in their official capacities, but it also yanked the membership of the ROC and its President Zhukov. A number of additional sanctions against other Russian sports officials followed from the IOC as well.

On February 28, the IOC ruled to reinstate the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee and its President Alexander Zhukov with the IOC.

During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was elected the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both the Summer Games (in 2008) and the Winter Games (in 2022).

Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Olympics in a tight race over Kazakhstan’s Almaty eventually securing 44 votes against 40 in support of the largest Kazakh city.

Three venues are planned to be offered for the 2022 Winter Olympics in China and they are: the country’s capital of Beijing (opening ceremony, figure skating, short track, ice hockey, curling, speed skating), north-western Yanqing County (alpine skiing, bobsleigh, luge, skeleton) and Zhangjiakou city (cross country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, freestyle skiing, snowboard).

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