MOSCOW, June 29. /TASS/. An extended roster of 335 athletes of the Russian national team for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo has been approved, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), said on Tuesday.
"We have approved a roster of the Russian Olympic team for the upcoming Games in Tokyo, which contains 335 athletes," Pozdnyakov said speaking to journalists after the ROC Executive Committee’s meeting earlier in the day.
"Compared to the previous [2016 Summer Olympic] Games, our national team was increased by 50 more people," Pozdnyakov continued. "Our delegation is larger now and we are waiting for the outcome of our basketball team’s [qualifying] performance to finalize the roster".
Expected medal count
The Russian Olympic chief also expressed his hope that the national team’s athletes would enter the Top Three of the overall medals winners of the Summer Games in Japan.
"The [Russian] team finished 4th in the overall medals standings at the previous Olympic Games, and this time we are expecting a step forward to see the national team on the podium of the unofficial medals count," Pozdnyakov said adding that the ROC did not set this time an estimated medals goal for the national team.
"We are keeping statistics of our national athletes’ performances at world championships," he continued. "Unfortunately, our data is incomplete because many championships in various sports world competitions were cancelled last season".
"Our database offers us feedback from 2018, 2019 and partially from 2020," Pozdnyakov said. "Therefore, all results that we are considering at the moment give us a hope of finishing the Olympics [in Tokyo] third in the overall medals standings, with a total amount of won medals at about 50".
At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro the Russian national team finished fourth in the overall medals standings (19 gold, 17 silver and 20 bronze). The top three national teams of the 2016 Olympics were the United States (46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze), Great Britain (27-23-17), and China (26-18-26).
Olympic Games in Tokyo
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 postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the spread of COVID-19.
As of today, Japan is ranked 34th globally in terms of reported COVID-19 cases, which currently stand at over 796,820. A total of over 14,700 people have died of the novel coronavirus infection there, while more than 764,910 have recovered from the illness.