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Russian Olympic Committee to unveil in December national team’s outfits for Beijing Games

"We are currently in consultations with the International Olympic Committee and we are also preparing exhibition samples of our [Olympic] outfits," ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted

MOSCOW, September 23. /TASS/. The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) plans to unveil in December the national team’s outfits for the upcoming 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said on Thursday.

"I was speaking two days ago with Anastasia Zadorina, who is a designer of our [Olympic sports] uniforms," Pozdnyakov told journalists. "We believe that the presentation ceremony of the uniforms for the Games in Beijing will take place in early December."

"We are currently in consultations with the International Olympic Committee [IOC] and we are also preparing exhibition samples of our [Olympic] outfits," he continued. "We will open our outfit equipment center immediately after the presentation ceremony."

In late 2017, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) suspended the membership of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) over doping abuse allegations, but allowed clean Russian athletes to participate in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang under the Olympic flag and in the neutral status of an Olympic Athlete from Russia (OAR).

Russian athletes finished in the 13th place of the overall medals standings at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang having won two gold, six silver and nine bronze medals.

At the recently completed 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s Tokyo, Russian athletes competed under the flag and logo of the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem.

Additionally, the national anthem of Russia was under sanctions at the Olympics in Japan and so ROC athletes received their gold medals to the tune of the First Piano Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

Team ROC’s (the Russian Olympic Committee) athletes finished fifth in the overall medal standings of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo last month. They won 71 Olympic medals, including 20 gold, 28 silver, and 23 bronze ones.

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.

2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing

The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing are scheduled to be held between February 4 and 20.

During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was elected the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2008) as well as Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2022).

Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics in a tight race over Kazakhstan’s Almaty in 2015, eventually securing 44 votes against 40 in support of the largest city in Kazakhstan.