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Russia determined to seek firmer foothold in international sports federations

April 08, 2015, 15:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The country wants to have pro-active influence on sports policies, the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov told journalists

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MOSCOW, April 8. /TASS/. Russia is going to seek a firmer foothold and representation in international sports federations to gain a greater say in sports policies, the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov, has told the media.

On Wednesday, the Russian Olympic Committee’s building played host to a conference of the heads of national sports organizations and Russian representatives in international sports organizations. Ways of protecting the interests of Russian sports in the international scene and the spheres of international sports cooperation were discussed.

"There have been no conferences devoted to international activities, in the first place, those of our federations, for many years," Zhukov said. "Russia has many representatives in various international organizations. Indeed, we are in the top three, alongside the United States and Germany. And this is good, because our representation has an opportunity to influence the policies of these organizations."

"It is beyond doubt that we would like to enhance the influence in international sports federations and all international organizations to be able to have pro-active influence on sports policies," Zhukov said.

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