MOSCOW, April 25. /TASS/. Russian athletes have already secured a total of 343 Olympic licenses in the national team for the 2016 Summer Games, to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov said on Monday.
"There is little time left before the Olympics in Rio," Zhukov told journalists at a ceremony presenting the official uniform of the Russian athletes for the upcoming Olympics. "As of today, our athletes secured 343 licenses. There is still time to win some more."
"In all, our national team will consist of about 400 athletes," the ROC president said. "Adding up coaches and specialists the whole [Russian] delegation will stand at over 800 people."
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) has spent the sum of over 500 million rubles ($7.6 million) on the preparation of the national team for the 2016 Summer Games, to be held in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro between August 5 and 21, ROC President went on to say.
"The Russian Olympic Committee has a program of preparations for the Games in Rio," Zhukov said. "This program supplements the programs pursued by the government and the Sports Ministry. We [ROC] have already allocated over 500 million rubles. There will be more spending ahead of us."
The Russian national team finished the 2012 Summer Olympics in the fourth place of the overall medal standings having won 22 gold, 24 silver and 32 bronze medals, behind the United States (46-28-29), China (28-30-21) and Great Britain (29-17-19).