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Russia’s new agreement with IOC aimed at eradicating doping problem, says ROC chief

The ROC signed an agreement of cooperation with the IOC Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Council of Asia

MOSCOW, October 25. /TASS/. A new agreement between the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) envisages practical steps in the sphere of zero tolerance to doping abuse in sports, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the ROC signed in Moscow an agreement of cooperation with the IOC Olympic Solidarity and the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA). The ceremony of the agreement’s signing was attended by the Olympic Solidarity Commission Chair and the OCA President, Sheikh Al-Sabah, the IOC Deputy Director General, Pere Miro, and OCA Director General Husain Al-Musallam.

"I would like to thank the guests for their visit to Moscow," Pozdnyakov told journalists. "It is extremely important for us and demonstrates that our relations with the international federations are at a very high level."

"Our efforts in the sphere of clean sports propaganda did not go unnoticed," the ROC chief stated. "Our colleagues came here [to Moscow] to sign documents, which state our agreement on practical steps in the direction of zero tolerance to doping and also on the education of our athletes and specialists in this sphere."

"I would like to personally thank Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah for congratulating our young Olympians with the victory in Buenos Aires [at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games]," Pozdnyakov said.

At the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, held in Argentina’s Buenos Aires between October 6 and 18, the team of Russian young athletes bagged a total of 59 medals (29 golds, 18 silvers and 12 bronzes), beating its national record. For the first time in history, the Russian national team was in the lead of the medal standings, followed by China (18-9-9) and Japan (15-12-12).

"Such unconditional victory of our athletes under the national flag was extremely important for us after [2018 Winter Olympics in] PyeongChang and inspires not only us, but the whole Olympic team for winning more medals," he said.

"We have no obstacles, which would be impeding us to move forward jointly with our colleagues from the IOC and OCA," ROC President Pozdnyakov said. "Signing the Olympic Solidarity is a landmark event."

On December 5, 2017, the IOC announced its decision to suspend the Russian Olympic Committee, banning the national team from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea’ PyeongChang.

The IOC accused Russia of systematic violations of anti-doping rules, particularly during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The IOC, however, allowed clean athletes to participate in the games as ‘Olympic Athletes from Russia’ or OAR.

The ROC’s membership in the International Olympic Committee was reinstated shortly after the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

Pozdnyakov was elected to take the post of the ROC president on May 29, 2018. He is a four-time Olympic gold medalist and ten-time world champion in fencing.