Vladimir Sengleev : Olympic Games in Sochi promoted a return of science to the Russian sports

Friday was the last day of the first Research and Practice Seminar based on the results of the experimental studies within the framework of the ROC special projects, held at the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). In his interview to Interfax the ROC Executive Director Vladimir Sengleev spoke about the results of its work.

“I must say that this is a new area of focus for the Russian Olympic Committee.  The ROC has never been engaged in scientific and adaptational activities in the field of high performance sports. Our obligation to promote science in the field of high performance sports was first registered three years ago in the ROC development strategy until the year 2020,” – he recalled.

– At the Research and Practice Seminar we presented the first results of our work — the projects aimed at promoting the use of the “home-field” advantage at the Olympic Games in Sochi. That is, we “linked” our projects to the Sochi conditions –  to the temperature, the snow, the humidity, to the height and so on. All our activities were organised on the basis of this logic.

According to the ROC Executive Director, before there were about 1,300 employees and 19 laboratories in the leading Sports Institute of the Soviet Union. In general about 5,000 people pursued high performance sports science in the Soviet Union.

“It is clear that when we started three years ago, there was no such power. All our efforts were aimed  at reviving the lost power.  I would like to draw your attention to the key factor. The Scientific Expert Panel  has created a scientific component, the experimental component was created by the federations. In other words, the researchers and the coaches who participated in this project were the employees of the Russian sports federations. We wanted this experience to remain in the  federations. We wanted them to continue this work and we wanted the coaches to improve their qualification. Besides that, the implementation of the abovementioned projects has been previously agreed with the Ministry of Sports of Russia and the FMBA of Russia,”- said Vladimir Sengleev.

Vladimir Sengleev noted that the ROC was trying to help the federations, so that this work could be continued inside them. “We give them comprehensive assistance. We provide technical and HR assistance. We make provision of the whole process, ie the implementation,  development,  research, test, and the equipment acquisition process and so forth.”

Vladimir Sengleev drew attention to the fact that the work presented at the seminar is an applied work.

“We developed our projects so as to use a minimum equipment list and this equipment should be mobile. It is very important to have an opportunity to take out the equipment to the training camps and use it there, because in this case, the athletes will not have to interrupt their trainings.”

According to him, 6 of the 13 projects developed by the ROC were presented at this two-day seminar. The rest of the works will be presented to the experts at the coming Research and Practice Seminars that will be held at the ROC monthly. At the end of the workshop the all-Russian winter sports federations received from the ROC the published methodological recommendations for use during the preparations for Sochi-2014.