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Russia is totally against boycotting Olympic Games — Olympics chief

July 20, 16:31 UTC+3
The Games should bring countries together, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee says
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President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov

© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. Russia is totally against any boycotts of the Olympic Games, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov told journalists on Wednesday.

"We are totally against any boycotts. Olympic Games should bring countries together. The use of Olympics as a weapon has become a thing of the past," Zhukov said.

"We remember as many countries boycotted the 1980 Olympics (in Moscow). Then there were the Los Angeles Olympics with the same situation. Boycotts can only drive a wedge between the Olympic movement members. Russia will not take part in boycotts," said the ROC head.

International organizations want Russia to take part in the Games

Zhukov went on to say that most large international sports federations stand for the participation of the Russian national team in the Rio Olympics.

"Yesterday, two important events took place: the hearings in the court [the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne] and a session of the IOC executive committee where a number of important decisions were also taken," Zhukov said.

"Although the executive committee announced that the decision on Russians would be taken later, I believe that the IOC will make a final decision at the end of the week. For now, most large international federations have spoken for Russia’s participation in the Olympic Games," Zhukov said.

Russians will compete only under national flag 

Zhukov stressed that all Russian athletes whom the Russian Olympic Committee is sending to the 2016 Games will compete under Russia’s national flag.

"This (a probability that the Russians will compete under the IOC flag) is a very great delusion. Our athletes will compete only in Russian uniforms and under the Russian flag. The Russian Olympic Committee has not been disqualified or banned. It is a full-fledged member of the Olympic movement. Therefore, all Russian athletes whom the Russian Olympic Committee has declared eligible for the Games will perform under the Russian flag," Zhukov stressed.

No special plans for medals 

The Russian national Olympic team is not pursuing any definite plan of winning medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, Zhukov said.

"We have no medals plan," Zhukov told Journalists. "Our athletes, however, are capable of winning medals in all sports, even in those, which we had no success before. Each sport has strong contenders. We will be supporting our [Russian] athletes and will see how it all turns out."

The 2016 summer Olympic Games will be held in Brazil from August 5 to 21.

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