MOSCOW, October 12. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time Olympic Champion Yelena Isinbayeva, who was elected on August 21 as Russia’s representative in the IOC Athletes’ Commission, expressed her wish to work in the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to promote the Olympic movement.
"Of course, I now want to work in the ROC for the benefit of the Olympic movement and to protect clean athletes of the world, including Russian athletes," she said.
"I will be doing the rest step-by-step, I don’t know so far what this will materialize into. So far everything is interesting to me, life is eventful, and I’m being constantly carried somewhere," the renowned athlete told Match TV sports channel.
Earlier, OCR president Alexander Zhukov announced his intentions to leave the post. There are no candidates to replace him as of yet. Mass media reported that Isinbayeva may replace the incumbent president of the Russian Olympic Committee, who has been elected first deputy speaker of Russia’s State Duma lower parliament house and said he would like to focus on the work in the national parliament.
Zhukov himself said he had heard nothing about Isinbayeva’s bid to take the post.
During the 2016 Rio Olympics, Isinbayeva said she was quitting sports, saying afterwards that she said she would run for president of the All-Russia Athletic Federation.
Isinbayeva, a triple world champion (2005, 2007 and 2013) having set a total of 28 world records, is currently considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time.
She was the first woman ever to clear the five-meter height jump having achieved the result in 2005. Her current outdoor record of 5.06 meters, set in August of 2009 in Zurich, remains unsurpassed. Her indoor world record of 5.01 meters, set in Stockholm in February 2012, remained unbeaten for over a year, when in March of 2013 US pole-vaulter, Jenn Suhr broke it with a 5.02-meter record to become the second female athlete to ever clear the five-meter mark.