Alexander Zhukov: “The ROC Executive Committee will determine the composition for the Winter Olympics by the end of January”

The Russian Olympic team composition will be approved in the period from 20 to 26 January. The decision was adopted today, by the ROC Executive Committee.

However, according to the ROC President Alexander Zhukov, actually this body will meet to determine the composition after the 21st of January (Sunday), as on this day, the European figure skating championship will end in Moscow.

– In each sport the qualifying principles are different, – said Zhukov. – We have done a lot of work in coordination with the federations to determine qualifying events and licenses. However, in some sports – for example, in the women’s Curling it is already known who will go to the Olympics. After the approval of the composition it is only possible in case of injuries.

– We summed up the results of the European youth Olympic Summer Festival in Gyor, and determined how to form our team at the summer youth Olympic games which will be held next year in Buenos Aires, said the head of the ROC. – We decided that Russia will be presented by the strongest. Indeed, athletes who perform successfully at the Youth Olympic Games, then become world and Olympic Champions. We see the examples of those who began their careers a few years ago at the Youth Games, and now entered the ranks of the best.

In addition, we have identified the principles to prepare our team for the summer Olympic games in Tokyo. It seems that we still have quite a lot of time, but actually we begin to prepare now. The Russian Olympic Committee has developed a special program to prepare our team like we did before the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. It affects both athletes and coaches, regulates the purchase of necessary equipment and inventory, organization of the final stage of preparation taking into account to climatic conditions.

I informed my Colleagues about the  Olympic summit held in Lausanne, last Saturday. Several important decisions were taken, including those concerning the establishment of a new anti-doping structure within the framework of the IOC and special doping control before the OG in Korea. Of course, the Russian team will attract special attention in connection with the ongoing trials of their performances at the Games in Sochi. In each of the international federations they developed and implemented special testing plans for our Olympians, so that no one had any doubt about their purity.

However, this applies not only to Russians. Special attention will be drawn to some other categories of athletes. In particular, those who have ever previously been caught  in the doping, will also undergo deeper testing.

The summit also addressed the issue of restoration of RUSADA’s rights. Moreover, the final communiqué expressed respect to the data  provided in the McLaren report concerning Russian athletes.

I quote: “The Summit noted that the findings of the forensic analysis of the McLaren Report could not be used to establish individual legal action because the methodology that Professor McLaren used was not designed to establish individual anti-doping rule violations. This was not part of Professor McLaren’s mandate, as he himself has made clear on several occasions.

This is why the Oswald Commission needed a new and more specific methodology which, after long research, was developed by experts at Lausanne University. Therefore, the IOC was unable to take action, except for the initiation of disciplinary cases against 28 athletes, until the methodology had been validated and produced the first results.”

It means that athletes cannot be suspended from competition on the basis of the data provided in the McLaren report. This can be done only after cases of 28 athletes will be considered by the Oswald Commission.

This Commission submitted its conclusions, but in relation to certain athletes they are not disclosed. The hearings will be held in November, began today with the issue related to our skiers. Some conclusions can be made only at the end of these hearings. Schmid disciplinary Commission will make its suggestions somewhere in November. And the final decision will be taken in December, by the IOC Executive Board.

Another important thing: “The Olympic summit expressed serious concern and considered it unacceptable to file claims in an open form until the Commissions’ work is completed and  all procedures required by law for individuals and legal entities are complied”.

Recently, some sport organizations, for example, the Canadian Olympic Committee, were demanding to suspend  Russian athletes from participation in the Olympic games. At the Summit it was noted that totally it is unacceptable until the investigation is completed.

As for the restoration of RUSADA, the road map has almost been implemented including technical steps necessary for the Agency to work properly. The new Director has been elected, the staff has been changed. World Anti-Doping Agency acknowledged that all technical conditions were met.

But there are two criteria, which, as they believe, have not been met. First, is the recognition of the McLaren report, although the IOC in its communiqué said that contained therein may not be recognized legally. Secondly, it is required that samples, sealed by the Russia Investigative Committee in connection with the Rodchenkov case were given out to WADA. But it is almost impossible. Samples were sealed in connection with a criminal investigation, and the ROC is not able to facilitate their transfer to anyone.

Finally, the Summit addressed the eSports issue, whether to consider it a sport. It was noted that it had become widespread among young people, that there is great interest for it around the world. During the presentation it was noted that the people involved in eSports, practicipate up to 12 hours a day getting a very serious workout.

Finally, it was decided to continue to follow the development of this type of competitions, because today there is not a single federation, and it is unclear who will guarantee compliance with the Olympic ideals, if one day eSports will be included in the Olympic family. In short, while the issue is under study.

The Russian Olympic team composition will be approved in the period from 20 to 26 January. The decision was adopted today, by the ROC Executive Committee.

However, according to the ROC President Alexander Zhukov, actually this body will meet to determine the composition after the 21st of January (Sunday), as on this day, the European figure skating championship will end in Moscow.

– In each sport the qualifying principles are different, – said Zhukov. – We have done a lot of work in coordination with the federations to determine qualifying events and licenses. However, in some sports – for example, in the women’s Curling it is already known who will go to the Olympics. After the approval of the composition it is only possible in case of injuries.

– We summed up the results of the European youth Olympic Summer Festival in Gyor, and determined how to form our team at the summer youth Olympic games which will be held next year in Buenos Aires, said the head of the ROC. – We decided that Russia will be presented by the strongest. Indeed, athletes who perform successfully at the Youth Olympic Games, then become world and Olympic Champions. We see the examples of those who began their careers a few years ago at the Youth Games, and now entered the ranks of the best.

In addition, we have identified the principles to prepare our team for the summer Olympic games in Tokyo. It seems that we still have quite a lot of time, but actually we begin to prepare now. The Russian Olympic Committee has developed a special program to prepare our team like we did before the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016. It affects both athletes and coaches, regulates the purchase of necessary equipment and inventory, organization of the final stage of preparation taking into account to climatic conditions.

I informed my Colleagues about the  Olympic summit held in Lausanne, last Saturday. Several important decisions were taken, including those concerning the establishment of a new anti-doping structure within the framework of the IOC and special doping control before the OG in Korea. Of course, the Russian team will attract special attention in connection with the ongoing trials of their performances at the Games in Sochi. In each of the international federations they developed and implemented special testing plans for our Olympians, so that no one had any doubt about their purity.

However, this applies not only to Russians. Special attention will be drawn to some other categories of athletes. In particular, those who have ever previously been caught  in the doping, will also undergo deeper testing.

The summit also addressed the issue of restoration of RUSADA’s rights. Moreover, the final communiqué expressed respect to the data  provided in the McLaren report concerning Russian athletes.

I quote: “The Summit noted that the findings of the forensic analysis of the McLaren Report could not be used to establish individual legal action because the methodology that Professor McLaren used was not designed to establish individual anti-doping rule violations. This was not part of Professor McLaren’s mandate, as he himself has made clear on several occasions.

This is why the Oswald Commission needed a new and more specific methodology which, after long research, was developed by experts at Lausanne University. Therefore, the IOC was unable to take action, except for the initiation of disciplinary cases against 28 athletes, until the methodology had been validated and produced the first results.”

It means that athletes cannot be suspended from competition on the basis of the data provided in the McLaren report. This can be done only after cases of 28 athletes will be considered by the Oswald Commission.

This Commission submitted its conclusions, but in relation to certain athletes they are not disclosed. The hearings will be held in November, began today with the issue related to our skiers. Some conclusions can be made only at the end of these hearings. Schmid disciplinary Commission will make its suggestions somewhere in November. And the final decision will be taken in December, by the IOC Executive Board.

Another important thing: “The Olympic summit expressed serious concern and considered it unacceptable to file claims in an open form until the Commissions’ work is completed and  all procedures required by law for individuals and legal entities are complied”.

Recently, some sport organizations, for example, the Canadian Olympic Committee, were demanding to suspend  Russian athletes from participation in the Olympic games. At the Summit it was noted that totally it is unacceptable until the investigation is completed.

As for the restoration of RUSADA, the road map has almost been implemented including technical steps necessary for the Agency to work properly. The new Director has been elected, the staff has been changed. World Anti-Doping Agency acknowledged that all technical conditions were met.

But there are two criteria, which, as they believe, have not been met. First, is the recognition of the McLaren report, although the IOC in its communiqué said that contained therein may not be recognized legally. Secondly, it is required that samples, sealed by the Russia Investigative Committee in connection with the Rodchenkov case were given out to WADA. But it is almost impossible. Samples were sealed in connection with a criminal investigation, and the ROC is not able to facilitate their transfer to anyone.

Finally, the Summit addressed the eSports issue, whether to consider it a sport. It was noted that it had become widespread among young people, that there is great interest for it around the world. During the presentation it was noted that the people involved in eSports, practicipate up to 12 hours a day getting a very serious workout.

Finally, it was decided to continue to follow the development of this type of competitions, because today there is not a single federation, and it is unclear who will guarantee compliance with the Olympic ideals, if one day eSports will be included in the Olympic family. In short, while the issue is under study.