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Russian Olympic chief Pozdnyakov eyes another term as ROC president

Stanislav Pozdnyakov, 49, has been heading the ROC since 2018

KEMEROVO, September 29. /TASS/. Current President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov plans to run for re-election as head of the Russian governing body of the Olympics, Pozdnyakov said on Thursday.

"I will certainly be running in the [upcoming] election if the ROC and all-Russia Sports Federations support me," Pozdnyakov said, speaking during the international sports forum "Russia - A Sports Power," which is being held in the Siberian city of Kemerovo between September 28-30.

"I believe that it will all be decided soon. I will be glad to be back at the helm [of the ROC] if the Russian Olympic movement needs me," Pozdnyakov stated adding that the final date to submit his candidacy to run in the election is December 5, while the final election of the new ROC president and governing board is scheduled for December 20.

Pozdnyakov, 49, has been heading the ROC since 2018. From 2016 to 2022, he has been at the helm of the European Fencing Confederation. He is a four-time Olympic champion in sabre-fencing, in addition to being a ten-time world champion.

Sanctions against Russian sports

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) 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 and to the tune of the national anthem for two years.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for organizing any international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in effect until December 2022.

On February 28, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued recommendations to international sports federations to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from taking part in international tournaments, citing Moscow’s special military operation in Ukraine as the reason.

Following the IOC recommendations in late February, the majority of global sports federations decided to bar athletes from Russia and Belarus from all international sports tournaments.

In early August, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an interview with Germany’s Sport Bild that it was still too early to alter the IOC's February recommendations regarding Russia and Belarus. He said in particular "We still do not recommend inviting athletes from Russia and Belarus to tournaments. They will still have no anthems, no flags, and no national colors.".