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Russian Olympics chief knows nothing about Isinbayeva’s plans to become his successor

October 12, 8:54 UTC+3
The ROC president, who has already announced plans to quit his post, plans to focus on work at the Russian State Duma and the IOC
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Alexander Zhukov

Alexander Zhukov

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DOBROGRAD (Vladimir region), October 12. /TASS/. Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov said he did not know if Russia’s two-times Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was planning to become a new ROC president.

"Honestly, it is the first time I hear that," Zhukov told journalists on the sidelines of the Russia-Country of Sports International Sports Forum.

"There are a lot of worthy people who can run for the office of president of the National Olympic Committee. But today it is too early to speak about it," he told journalists.

When asked about requirements to a successful candidate, he said, he or she "should love sport very much."

"The Russian Olympic Committee president is an elective post. His powers terminate sooner or later. I am going to focus on my work in the Russian State Duma in the capacity of vice-speaker and at the International Olympic Committee (IOC). I am an IOC member and I will perform very important functions. I will interact with IOC and international organizations," Zhukov told journalists.

"I have been elected an IOC member as the Russian Olympic Committee president. We cannot afford losing a place at the IOC and it is impossible for me to stop being an IOC member. It is extremely important that many people represent Russia at the IOC," he added.

"I am heading the IOC Coordination Commission for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. It is a very responsible job… I am planning to continue this work," Zhukov told journalists.

Zhukov, who has already announced plans to quit his post of the Russian Olympic Committee president, noted he still did not know whom he could vote for at elections of a new ROC president because so there are no candidates. Zhukov added that Russia definitely had people who deserved to occupy that post.

Isinbayeva announced her retirement from sport at the Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016. Earlier, Isinbayeva said that she would run for president of the All-Russian Athletic Federation (ARAF). The Athletic Federation of Russia’s Volgograd region, which has nominated Isinbayeva, is going to dispatch all the necessary documents to ARAF. The elections will take place on December 9.

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