The president of the federation of figure skating of Russia Alexander Gorshkov said that the statement of the commission of athletes of the ROC is logical and expected. On Monday, the commission announced support for athletes who would agree to travel to the 2018 Olympics.
- There are already quite a lot of opinions expressed on this score at all levels, therefore the statement of the sportsmen's commission is logical and expected, Izvestia quotes Gorshkov. - As far as I understand, the position of the members of the commission is unanimous: we must go. All opinions were heard. From the skaters in this commission is Fedor Klimov, who probably expressed the general opinion of his colleagues. Therefore, it remains to wait for the Olympic assembly, and take concrete actions to achieve the admission of as many sportsmen as possible on the 2018 Games.
Recall that on December 5, the IOC executive committee decided to disqualify the Russian Olympic Committee, because of which the Russian national team will not be able to perform at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang under its flag and anthem. The Russians will receive admission under the Olympic flag and will act under the abbreviation OAR (Olympic Athlete from Russia) - an Olympic athlete from Russia.
Russian outfit company ZASPORT, an official clothing supplier of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), presented several designs of Olympic apparel for national athletes travelling to South Korea’s PyeongChang for 2018 Winter Olympics, the company announced on Thursday.
Last month, ZASPORT head Anastasia Zadorina said the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved the new design of athletes’ uniforms since the initially designed outfit had to undergo changes due to the Russian team’s change of status from national to neutral.
"ZASPORT, an official clothing supplier of the Russia Olympic team, presented several designs of the uniform for athletes competing under the Olympic flag at the Winter Games in PyeongChang," the company said in its statement.
"The color palette of the collection consists of grey, red and white," the statement said. "The OAR logo - Olympic Athlete of Russia - has been imprinted on parkas, jackets, warm-up suits, sweatshirts and tee shirts."
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Viktor Ahn wants to know why he has been barred from next month’s Pyeongchang Games.
Ahn is a short-track speed skater who was born in South Korea but switched allegiance to Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games. Russian officials say the International Olympic Committee has refused to grant Ahn an invitation amid its vetting of the country’s athletes for possible doping links.
“It is outrageous that there is no concrete reason which explains my exclusion from the Olympics, and furthermore people now view me as an athlete who used doping,” Ahn wrote in an open letter to IOC President Thomas Bach.
Competing in South Korea would have been “an especially significant part of my career for several reasons,” said Ahn, who won his first three Olympic titles while competing for his native country. “I hope that the IOC will ultimately declare their reason for my exclusion, so I will be able to defend my honor and dignity.”
Ahn’s letter was published on Friday by the Russian Skating Union, hours before the IOC published its rules of conduct for Russian athletes and officials who will be at Pyeongchang.
Russia was banned Monday from the upcoming Pyeongchang Paralympics because of its doping past.
However, the International Paralympic Committee said about 30-35 Russians will be allowed to compete in five sports as neutral athletes at the games, which run from March 8-18.
That mirrors the situation for next month’s Olympics.
The Russian team has been barred, but 169 Russians have been invited to compete.
“We are not rewarding Russia but we are allowing athletes that we believe are clean to compete under a neutral flag,” IPC president Andrew Parsons said.
It will be the second Paralympics without a Russian team. The country was also excluded from the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in 2016. Since then, there has been enough improvement to justify allowing Russians to compete as neutral athletes after extra drug testing, Parsons said.