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Russian fencers win 2020 Olympics silver in men’s epee team event

As of today, the Russian national team of athletes in Tokyo boasts 10 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals
Sergei Bida, Nikita Glazkov, Sergei Khodos, and Pavel Sukhov Valery Sharifulin/TASS
Sergei Bida, Nikita Glazkov, Sergei Khodos, and Pavel Sukhov
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TOKYO, July 30. /TASS/. The team of Russian fencers won silver on Friday at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in the Japanese capital of Tokyo in men’s epee team event.

Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) lost in the final 36-45 to hosts Japan. The bronze medal in men’s team epee team competitions went to South Korea.

The silver-medal winning team of Russian athletes included Sergei Bida, Pavel Sukhov, Sergei Khodos and Nikita Glazkov.

As of today, the Russian national team of athletes in Tokyo, participating as Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports, boasts 10 gold, 14 silver and 10 bronze medals. Team ROC is currently in 4th place in the overall medals count.

The team of Russian athletes previously won the Olympic silver in men’s epee team event at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta (Alexander Beketov, Pavel Kolobkov and Valery Zakharevich) and also won the bronze of the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

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.

Sanctions against Russian sports

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

Following 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 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.