MOSCOW, May 2. /TASS/. President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov told TASS he has decided not to take part in the election of the organization’s chief.
"In the challenging situation in the international sport of late it is very important for the head of the Russian Olympic Committee to work in the ROC on a permanent basis," Zhukov said.
"I don’t have such a possibility due to my busy work in the State Duma. That’s why after considering all pros and cons, I made a decision not to take part in the election of the ROC president," he said.
The ROC president’s election will be held on May 29. The new members of the ROC’s Executive Committee will be also appointed.
Zhukov has led the ROC since May 20, 2010. He is the First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament. Zhukov is also a member of the International Olympic Committee and the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation.
On December 5, 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. The IOC accused Russia of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. At the same time, the IOC allowed clean athletes to participate in the games as "Olympic Athletes of Russia."
The ROC’s membership in the International Olympic Committee was reinstated shortly after the Olympic Games.