Vladimir Sengleev: ″We are always ready for international cooperation and mutual exchange of experience″
On Thursday, a delegation of the National Olympic Committee of the Czech Republic made a working visit to the Russian capital. After meeting with ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the guests were offered a video presentation of the activities of the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), which plays an important role in the creation and implementation of educational programs under the auspices of ROC.
Lev Belousov, RIOU Rector:
″As part of international cooperation and the development of our educational programs in Europe, we are actively making plans for cooperation with NOC Czech Republic whose official delegation we are happy to receive in Moscow today. Following the results of the negotiations held with the support of ROC, an Agreement on Cooperation between NOC Czech Republic and RIOU will be signed in Sochi this spring.″
The Czech delegation, led by the Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee, Roman Kumpost, held a working meeting with ROC Director General Vladimir Sengleev and Secretary General Anastasia Davydova.
Vladimir Sengleev, Director General of ROC:
″I believe that our discussions turned out to be meaningful and constructive. We mainly talked about the projects that our NOCs deal with in their respective countries. We also shared experience. In general, ROC is now paying great attention to international cooperation. We regularly hold meetings with our foreign colleagues to discuss all the innovations and current issues.
Overall in our work, we strive to move away from the stereotype that ROC is an organization dedicated only to preparations for the Olympic Games. We try to actively promote mass sports, implement projects related to education and a healthy lifestyle. Our Olympic champions organize master classes in children’s health camps and youth centers as part of the Olympic Patrol project. We are thinking of holding TAFISA Games in Russia in 2024, designed to ensure an increase in the popularity of mass sports at the international level. This was also discussed at the meeting with our guests from the Czech Republic.″
The Russian side also shared information about its programs aimed at preparing Russian athletes for the Olympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing, which cover many areas, including logistics support for federations, the purchase of sports gear and outfits, the advanced training of coaches, and payment for medical treatment abroad. Over the past 8 years, the Russian Olympic Committee has formed a powerful scientific and methodological base, which makes it possible to effectively adapt athletes to the venue of the Olympic Games. Within these programs, important significance is given to the younger generation. For young athletes from the regions, special gatherings and anti-doping workshops are held on a regular basis. It has become a good tradition for children to visit the Olympic training bases.
″We have a special program for the development of mass sports known as the Olympic Country program. Under its auspices, we hold three major events in all 89 constituent entities of the Russian Federation: Winter Sports Day, All-Russian Olympic Day and All-Russian Walking Day. When implementing these events, the main duties fall on the regional Olympic Councils, working in close cooperation with local authorities. It seems to me that the experience gained and the new directions that we are currently developing as part of this project may form the basis for comprehensive future cooperation with NOCs of other countries, which is what we discussed during the meeting today. By the way, our Czech colleagues also have a lot to offer. There are several interesting projects that can be successfully implemented in our country as well″.