Stanislav Pozdnyakov: “Vladimir Komarov’s merits to Russian sports and the Olympic movement are indisputable”

President of the ROC expressed his deep condolences to the relatives and friends of the former head of the Russian Skating Union Vladimir Komarov, who passed away at the age of 69.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov:

– Today is a very sad day for all national skating fans. Vladimir Komarov, the permanent President of the Russian Skating Union from 1994 to 2009. When Russian sport was passing  through a hard period, he made every effort to ensure that our skaters could represent the country at the most important international competitions.

We all remember vivid performances by Svetlana Zhurova, Alexander Golubev, Dmitry Dorofeev, Sergey Klevcheny and other Russian athletes. Under the leadership of Vladimir Komarov, Russian skaters won a total of 8 Olympic medals, including three gold.

These victories laid the foundation for further development of skating in Russia, ensured the continuity of generations and contributed to the emergence of a galaxy of new talented athletes, such as Olga Graf, Pavel Kulizhnikov, Denis Yuskov, Olga Fatkulina and many others.

The merits of Vladimir Dmitrievich Komarov to the national sport and the Olympic movement are indisputable. His organizational talent and other professional qualities of a great sports manager have served as focus for his colleagues from other sports for many years.

He’s gone today… On behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee and on my own behalf, I Express my deepest and sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of Vladimir Dmitrievich Komarov, as well as to all the people who knew him, loved and appreciated him.