Stanislav Pozdnyakov: “Preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing should be planned out now”

One of the main issues discussed today at the Executive Committee of ROC was the Program to assist Candidates to become Members of the Russian Olympic Team and to ensure the Participation of the Olympic Delegation of the Russian Federation in the XXIV Olympic Winter Games 2022 in Beijing (China). Members of the Executive Committee unanimously approved this document and recommended it for ratification at the Olympic Assembly on December 12.

– We made several important decisions, including the approval of the Beijing 2022 Program, – said ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov in an interview with journalists. – Today, representatives of sports federations rightly noted that preparations for the 2022 Olympic Games need to be planned out now: this concerns not only the training sessions, but also important aspects such as the remuneration of foreign specialists who have successfully worked in many federations and participated in several Olympic cycles.

The Beijing 2022 Program will help implement our innovative projects on the adaptation of athletes. As you know, the upcoming summer and winter Olympics will be held in unusual time zones, and we need a clear understanding of how our athletes will react to climatic and geographic changes.

In addition, the Executive Committee discussed the development of mass sports, Olympic education and international activities.

Therefore, at the Olympic meeting, which will be held on December 12, we will have a range of documents and programs to present. All of them will be reviewed and, I hope, approved by representatives of the regional Olympic Councils, the All-Russia sports federations and our partners.

– What is the budget for the implementation of the above-mentioned programs?

– The budget will be made taking into account the wishes of sports federations. In this regard, I would like to note that we are actively working with the Ministry of Sports on the possibility of implementing a set of joint activities designed to provide the most comfortable conditions for Russian athletes to prepare for the Games in Tokyo and Beijing.

– How important was the decision to officially reinstate RUSADA as part of preparations for Tokyo 2020?

 – Extremely important! Now it will be easier for federations with limited rights to conduct work. The weightlifting federation has already resolved all its problems. Recently, an IBU delegation headed by the new President Olle Dahlin visited Moscow, and we discussed ways out of the current situation for the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU).

I would especially like to emphasize that the reinstatement of RUSADA became possible largely due to the effective work of the Independent Public Anti-Doping Commission under the leadership of Vitaly Smirnov.