TOKYO, July 30. /TASS/. A team of Russian swimmers qualified on Friday for the final of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in the men’s 4x100-meter medley relay event.
Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) showed an aggregate result of 3 minutes 31.66 seconds and it belongs to Grigory Tarasevich, Anton Chupkov, Mikhail Vekovischchev and Vladislav Grinev.
They will compete for the gold of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in the final of the men’s 4x100-meter medley relay event on August 1 against top seven national teams (the United States, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, China, Australia and Canada).
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.
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.
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.