RIO DE JANEIRO, August 4. /TASS/. Russia’s team at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will include 270-280 athletes, President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov said on Wednesday.
"I think, the team will include from 270 to 280 athletes," he told journlaists.
The final decision on the admission of the Russian Olympic team to 2016 Rio is yet to be made by the recently formed Panel of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which lists three members only and they are: Ugur Erdener, the head of the IOC Medical Commission; Claudia Bokel, an IOC Executive Board Member and the Chair of the IOC Athletes’ Commission; and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr, an IOC Executive Board Member.
The Independent Commission, WADA, chaired by Canadian law professor, Richard McLaren, released the now-infamous July 18 report on the results of a probe into the accusations of doping and manipulation of tests by Russian athletes and officials at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.
According to the details, the commission claimed it had found evidence that Russia’s Sports Ministry and the Center for the Training of Russian National Teams and the Federal Security Service had covered up a doping program in Russian sports.
The report from WADA’s Commission stated in particular that the commission’s investigation registered a total of 643 cases of Disappearing Positive Test Results in Russia between 2012 and 2015 involving athletes from 30 sports.
As a result, WADA suggested that the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and all international sports federations ban Russian athletes from all international sports competitions, including Rio 2016.
After a conference call by its Executive Board on July 24, the IOC urged international federations for winter sports events to suspend preparations for major competitions in Russia. The motion is scheduled to be in effect until December 31, 2016 and may be reviewed at a December session of the IOC Executive Board.
IOC President Thomas Bach, however, announced on July 24 that Russian athletes, with the exception of track and field competitors, were allowed to participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics based on individual approval of each respective international sports federation or association.
He made the statement after a teleconference by the IOC Executive Board, which, however, ruled than no Russian athlete, who had been previously sanctioned for doping would be allowed to take part in the Rio Olympics, even if their previous restrictions had expired as well as any athlete mentioned in the McLaren report.
Russian karatekas and sports climbers have good chances to win medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Zhukov said.
At its Wednesday’s session, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) unanimously voted to include five new disciplines into the program of 2020 Summer Olympic Games that will be held in Tokyo. These include karate, sports climbing, skateboarding, surfing and baseball/softball.
"We have very good prospects in sports climbing and karate. In sports climbing, as far as I know, four sets of medals will be contested. We have had world champions in this discipline, both among women and among men," Zhukov told journalists.