MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) repaid in full this year’s first quarter wage arrears to foreign coaches of winter sports working in Russia, ROC President Alexander Zhukov told journalists on Tuesday.
"Yes, we have already solved this issue," Zhukov said when asked about debts owed by the national committee to foreign specialists.
According to media reports in February, foreign specialists working in Russian Olympic sports teams were not paid their salaries by the ROC starting January 1.
The problem with the wage arrears emerged after on January 21 the Central Bank of Russia revoked a license from Vneshprombank, which at that time was the country’s 40th biggest lender in terms of assets. Money, which the ROC paid as salaries to foreign coaches and specialists working in Russian sports, was kept in Vneshprombank.
The Russian national teams of bobsleigh and skeleton were hit harder by the developing situation in wage debts owed to foreign coaches as compared to other sports.
A source familiar with the situation told TASS last month, that the coaching staff of the national bobsleigh and skeleton teams was unpaid for half a year.
The head coach of the Russian national bobsleigh team is Canadian specialist Pierre Lueders, while the country’s national skeleton team is managed by German head coach Wilfried ‘Willi’ Schneider.