The ROC, Visa and Aeroflot introduced mobile laboratories of the ROC Innovation Center

On Thursday, November 28, the Russian Olympic Committee, the Visa Company and Aeroflot introduced two mobile station-vans, equipped with the latest scientific and methodological facilities to help implement innovative methods for the preparation of Russian national teams in the training camps.

This is the first step towards the creation of the ROC Innovation Center, which aims to solve some important problems of preparing the candidates for the Russian national team that will participate in the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. In this Center experimental validations of innovative technologies in the field of high performance sports are being held  and scientific guidelines for training of the Russian national teams are being developed.

The presentation of the mobile laboratories was attended by the ROC President Alexander Zhukov, the Head of the Visa Olympic Sponsorship Management Department Tatyana Sanders, the marketing director at Aeroflot Mikhail Fandeyev, Olympic champion in cross-country skiing Mikhail Ivanov, Olympic champion in biathlon and the advisor to the RBU President Vladimir  Barnashov, Honored coach of the USSR and Russia , the Head of the ROC Department for scientific and methodological support of athletic training Alexander Grushin.

“On behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee I would like to thank everyone who took part in this event – our partners and the people who use the services of the Visa companiy and Aeroflot. Thanks to these companies the Innovation Center is being created in the ROC . With the use of this center we’ll be able to prepare our athletes for the first -ever Olympic Winter Games even better”, – said the President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov.

” We are very pleased to be a part of this unique project – said the Head of the Visa Olympic Sponsorship Management Department Tatyana Sanders. – We are sure that such initiatives will contribute to the development of sports in Russia and help Russian athletes achieve the best results in the international arena”.

“Aeroflot traditionally supports sport and the Olympic movement – said CEO of Aeroflot Vitaly Savelyev. – Our company is the general partner of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, and therefore we could not stay away from the project aimed at  improving the effiveness of Russian Olympians’ preparation. We are actively involved in the implementation of the innovative projects , that should make the upcoming winter Olympics as successful , effective , entertaining and accessible as possible. For its efforts in this area Aeroflot received the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee awarded ” Towards the Future!”.

The Head of the ROC Department for scientific and methodological support of athletic training Alexander Grushin recalled that in late October  a Research and Practice Seminar took place in the ROC. At this Seminar the results of the ROC projects accomplished together with a number of all-Russian sports federations and R&D organizations were summerized.

“The experience and the results of the work with these projects convinced us that it was necessary to use multifunctional mobile research complexes in preparation for the Olympic Games , – he said. – The fact that the ROC mobile laboratories are designed on the principle of  Transformer and depending on the task may be configured differently make them unique.

This kind of approach allows us to implement the whole spectrum of techniques developed by the ROC for the sports federations. In particular, the presented version of the mobile  scientific complex is specially equipped to expose the athlete’s body to hypoxic stress (the effect of exposure to altitude air)   to improve physical performance and in the longrun to show better results . Its use is especially important  at the final stage of preparation for the main start of the Olympic quadrennium, as the competitions in cross-country skiing and biathlon at the Olympic Games in Sochi will be held in middle mountain conditions (at an altitude of 1,450 m). Basing on the data received from the transformers-laboratories it’s possible to effectively implement into the training process other techniques developed by the ROC as well, including dynamic electromyostimulation detecting of cardiorespiratory disorders on the spot and others”.

Such transformer-laboratories already arouse interest. The Russian Biathlon Union plans to use them in December during a training event in Ridnau (Italy) at an altitude of 1,500 meters above sea level. These conditions are close are close to those of the biathlon venue Sochi. The advisor to the RBU President Vladimir  Barnashov told the audience about it.

“In today’s sports the victory often goes not to the person who is physically strong , but to someone who uses the latest techniques and developments . In recent years Russia has been far behind in this area. During the past three years, the ROC has developed many techniques. The RBU took an active part in three of them, and today they are intensively implemented in the preparations of our team”.

After the presentation of mobile laboratories the audience gathered in the ROC Innovation Center, that is now under construction and will open its doors after   the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.  It is created using funds provided by the ROC, and the money raised at the fundraising charity event of the Russian Olympic Committee,  Visa and Aeroflot companies. During  this charity event 10 million rubles were collected to support the Russian Olympic team. The charity event took place in the period from July 15 to August 18 . Every time anybody bought an Aeroflot ticket using the Visa card (both at the sales offices and on the website of the Russian airline) 100 rubles were transferred to the ROC account. All cardholders of Visa cards issued by Russian Bank could take part in the event. They just had  to pay for an airline ticket using a card. However the cardholders themselves don’t have to bear any extra charges.

Information about the Russian Olympic Committee

The All-Russian Union of Non-Governmental Associations “The Russian Olympic Committee” (ROC) constitutes a non-governmental association – a union of legal entities, which are non-governmental associations of physical culture and sport orientation. The ROC is an independent , voluntary , non-governmental, self-governed, non-profit association of physical culture and sports orientation , recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC ).

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Aeroflot is the leader of Russian air transportation and a member of the global SkyTeam airline alliance, which has a network of 1,000 destinations in 178 countries. In 2012, Aeroflot provided transportation services for 17.7 million people, or 27.5 million, including other airlines in the Aeroflot group. 

In 2013 Aeroflot was named “Best Airline in Eastern Europe” for the second time at the prestigious SkyTrax World Airline Awards.

Aeroflot has one of the newest fleets in Europe, with 137 aircraft. Aeroflot is based in Moscow at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

Aeroflot was the first Russian carrier to enter the registry of IOSA operators and regularly maintains its certification. The airline has successfully passed the ISAGO audit (IATA Safety Audit Program for Ground Operations) and has a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2008 requirements.

Aeroflot is a General Partner for Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Passenger Air Transportation Services category.

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