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Russian Olympic chief says national team may win over 20 gold medals in Tokyo

We have received projected figures from analytical agencies and they coincide with our predicted numbers, Pozdnyakov said

TOKYO, July 25. /TASS/. Russian athletes are capable of winning more than 20 gold medals at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, which kicked off in the Japanese capital of Tokyo on Friday, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) told TASS on Sunday.

"We have received projected figures from analytical agencies and they coincide with our predicted numbers, which set the target of over 20 gold medals," ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said.

Russia’s Vitalina Batsarashkina won gold on Sunday in women’s 10-meter air pistol competition at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. It was the first gold medal of the Russian national team in Tokyo, where it participates under the name of the Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports.

Batsarashkina, 24, set a new Olympic Record having posted a result of 240.3 points. Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Kostadinova took the silver with the result of 239.4 points, while Ranxin Jiang of China packed the bronze with 218.0 points.

On Saturday, Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina won a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in women’s 10 meters air rifle competition.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital of Tokyo are being 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.

Russia at Tokyo-2020

On July 6, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) published an approved list of 335 athletes, who were selected to represent the country at the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympic delegation of Russian athletes in Tokyo includes 185 female and 150 male athletes.

Russian athletes are competing in Tokyo under the flag and logo of the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem. The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in Japan.