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Russian Olympic Committee to reveal national team’s roster for Tokyo Games on July 1

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held this year between July 23 and August 8
ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov Mikhail Japaridze/TASS
ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov
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MOSCOW, June 1. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) will announce the national team’s final roster for the upcoming Summer Games in Tokyo on July 1, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov told journalists on Tuesday.

"The ROC Executive Board is set to confirm on July 1 the final roster of the national Olympic team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo," Pozdnyakov said.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital of Tokyo will be held this year between July 23 and August 8. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to put off the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Organizers of the Summer Olympic Games in the Japanese capital of Tokyo this summer announced their decision on March 20 that the tournament’s competitions would be held with no foreign spectators in attendance. According to the organizers, this ruling was made within the framework of preventive measures in the country against the global spread of COVID-19.

As of today, Japan is ranked 34th in the world in terms of reported COVID-19 cases, which currently stand at over 746,700. A total of over 13,000 people died of the novel coronavirus infection, while more than 680,000 recovered from the illness.

In late March, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the design of Russian athletes’ uniforms and daily attire for the Olympic Games in Japan. Andrei Konokotin, who is the ROC Sports Director, said at that time that the Russian Olympic delegation in Japan would include between 360 and 380 athletes and the IOC officially approved Russian team’s ceremonial attire and everyday outfits.

Zasport is the official clothing supplier of the Russian Olympic Committee. Due to current sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Russian athletes have no right to bear images resembling the national flag and state symbols on their uniforms at the Olympic Games, World Championships and other international sports tournaments until December 2022.

Sanctions against Russian sports

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld on December 17, 2020 WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

According to the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for a two-year period.

The national anthem of Russia was also prohibited from being played at international sports tournaments over the course of the next two years, even at the upcoming Olympic Games in Japan this summer.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.