Alexander Zhukov was re-elected President of the ROC

On Thursday, May 29 election meeting was held at the Russian Olympic Committee. It was attended by around 300 guests, including members of the ROC Executive Committee, members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC),  leaders of the Russian sports federations, athletes, representatives of the regional sports community and scientific intelligentsia.

The members of the meeting considered a wide variety of subjects including the new edition of the Charter of the Russian Olympic Committee which was first presented on April 24, 2014, at the Executive Committee meeting. According to Deputy Chairman of the ROC Commission on formulation of proposals to improve the regulatory documents, Chairman of the ROC Legal Commission Sergei Shakhrai, changes were dictated by the need to bring it into compliance with Russian law and the Olympic Charter.

“One of the main reasons is Russian regulation changes, namely the Civil Code article on non-profit organizations, – he explained. – These changes bear a direct relation to associations and unions, ie they bear relation to to the Russian Olympic Committee. Another reason stems from the fact that international Olympic movement forges ahead and the basic law of the Olympic family must comply with the new trends and requirements of the Olympic Charter, in particular regarding enhancing the role of federations-members of the Olympic family and changing the procedure for forming Olympic Federations’ regulatory bodies”.

In the new edition of the Charter the procedure for  forming ROC governing bodies is different. Thus, the system for determining the composition of the ROC Executive Committee is fully elective. The procedure for electing Vice-Presidents of the ROC has also changed. They are no longer assigned in accordance with their positions, they are now elected by vote of the Executive Committee members. The position of the ROC Executive Director is transformed into the position of General Director of the ROC and is elected upon the recommendation of the ROC President at the election meeting. Secretary-General is also elected upon the recommendation of the ROC President. ROC has introduced the institution of recognition for federations by a number of qualification requirements.

After approving the new edition of the Charter of the Russian Olympic Committee the participants of the Olympic Council made two amendments  allowing to hold a public vote in the case there is only one candidate for President of the ROC, and to increase the number of Vice-Presidents of the ROC from three to four.

Turning to the second item on the agenda – a report of the ROC Executive Committee on its activities during the period 2010-2014, – ROC President said that most of the initiatives aimed at the development of high performance sport in Russia were successfully completed.

“It was necessary to provide Russian athletes with appropriate level of training to prepare them for the Olympic Games. The ROC did this in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport, FMBA, RUSADA, all-Russian sports federations and scientific and industrial organizations. The implementation of an integrated program of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation on preparation for the Sochi Olympic Games is an example of the effectiveness of their work. The ROC played a major role in promoting this program and accomplished this task”, – he said.

Alexander Zhukov said that “the annual budget of the ROC has increased by more than five times in comparison with the previous four years”.

“With these funds, the ROC has been able to fund all the activities that were not budgeted, but were necessary to prepare for the Olympics. At the request of our sports federations high-tech sports and medical equipment and special vehicles were purchased and services of foreign experts were funded”, – he stressed.

By the way, for successful preparation for the Sochi Games under the contract with OAO Gazprom the ROC provided additional funding for preparation of Russian athletes, who for various reasons could not be financed by the Ministry of Sports of Russia. These were targeted grants to provide scientific, methodological, information, engineering, anti-doping, biomedical and health support to Russian athletes during prepatation and participation in the Olympics; to pay for foreign sports consulting experts (both individuals and legal entities); to give advanced training courses for  coaches and experts during the preparation for the Olympics.

According to Alexander Zhukov, almost 260 million rubles had already been provided to a number of sports federations for the preparation for the 2016 Olumpic Games, with Zhukov claimed this assistance will increase over coming years ahead of both Rio 2016 and Pyeongchang 2018.

The central event of the Olympic meeting was the election of the President of the ROC. Acting head of the committee, was the only candidate for the position. As a result, Alexander Zhukov was re-elected President of the Russian Olympic Committee for another four years by an overwhelming majority – 232 to 1 (4 people did not vote for some reason). In accordance with the new edition of the Charter of the Russian Olympic Committee the voting was open.

“I was pleased that everyone has unanimously recognised the successful work of the past four years,” said Zhukov following his re-election. And not only for the reason that at the Games in Sochi, we won.   Our activities are multifaceted and cover many areas: including the promotion and creation of educational programmes in schools and universities as well as international activities. “We have received support in all directions. Russia’s influence as a sports nation on the international arena has grown immensely. Russia came out on top of the international ratings based not only on the results of performances, but also on the level of competitions organization and many other factors”, – said the head of the ROC.

According to Alexander Zhukov one of his goals for the forthcoming four-year  period is  the construction of a new building for the ROC with modern infrastructure. The existing building located at Luzhnetskaya naberezhnaya, 8, housing the Russian Olympic Committee and many all-Russian sports federations, was built in 1977.

“This building is beyond capital repair, therefore I consider constructing a new modern building my top priority for the forthcoming four-year period. There will be enough space for the Olympic Museum. I want this house to became the center of not only Russian but also international Olympic movement”, – said Alexander Zhukov.

The head of the ROC stressed that he intended to work more intensively with the regions. “I plan to continue what we started four years ago, – said Zhukov. – We   decided that the ROC Executive Committee meetings will be held in the regions. It will allow us to better interact with them and understand the work on the ground. We will continue to work closely with all federations. We will continue in the positive direction  that was taken when preparing for the Sochi Games – additional funds will be allocated to prepare athletes. Some funds for the Games in Rio de Janeiro have already been allocated, and in the future, all applications will be considered with the greatest attention. The training program should be designed in a special manner – to help our athletes perform successfully”.

Zhukov regretted that he was re-elected President at elections conducted practically without any alternative candidates. “I wish I had an opponent in the election. Why not? Competition is necessary for further development. But, unfortunately, I had no opponents. Apparently, the majority are satisfied with my work”, – said Zhukov.

A series of other appointments were also made at the meeting, including four Vice-Presidents, Director General and Secretary General, the new composition of the ROC Executive Committee of 25 members and the members of the Auditing Commission.

Vladmir Sengleev was promoted from the position of Executive Director to that of Director General, while 31-year-old five-time Olympic gold medal winning synchronised swimmer Anastasia Davydova was appointed Secretary General.

Four new vice-presidents were also selected, two of which were Vladimir Lisin and Vladimir Kozhin, who represent the respective national governing confederations for Summer and Winter Olympic sports. Igor Levitin, chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Table Tennis Federation of Russia was also appointed, along with Gennady Timchenko, chairman of the Board of Directors on the Kontinental Hockey League.

The new ROC Executive Committee in addition to Zhukov, Lisin, Levitin Kozhina, Timchenko, Sengleev and Davydova was composed of the following members: President of the Russian Modern Pentathlon Federation Vyacheslav Aminov, President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation Valentin Balakhnichev, Vice President of the All-Russia Athletic Federation Marat Bariev, President of the Russian Bobsleigh Federation Georgi Bedzhamov, President of the Freestyle Federation of Russia Andrei Bokaryov, three-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Olga Brusnikina, President of the Council for the Development of the Olympic Movement in Moscow Alexei Vorobyov, President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia Alexander Gorshkov, President of the Russian Skating Union Alexei Kravtsov, President of the Russian Wrestling Federation Mikhail Mamiashvili, Deputy Sports Minister Yury Nagornykh, member of the IOC Athletes Commission Alexander Popov, President of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov, Honorary President of the ROC Vitaly Smirnov, President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev, President of the Football Union of Russia Nikolai Tolstykh, President of the Volleyball Federation of Russia Stanislav Shevchenko, Chairman of the ROC Legal Commission Sergei Shahrai.

Curriculum vitae of the President, Vice-Presidents, Director General and Secretary General of the ROC:

Alexander Zhukov

Born June 1, 1956 in Moscow.

In 1978 he graduated from the Moscow State University, Economics Faculty with a degree in Mathematical Economics. After graduation he worked at the All-Union Institute for System Research, in 1980 he joined the Ministry of Finance of the USSR, where he has worked for over 10 years. He took advanced economic training courses at the General Planning Agency of USSR. In 1991 he received a degree from Harvard University.

He was elected deputy of the Council of People’s Deputies of the Bauman District, Moscow (1986-1989).

He has been re-elected State Duma deputy from Preobrazhensky District, Moscow four times, since 1993. Member of the State Duma Committee on Budget, Taxes, Banks and Finance and chairman of the Subcommittee on Foreign Exchange Regulations, External Debt, Precious Metals and Stones (State Duma of the first convocation). Chairman of the Committee on Budget and Taxes (State Duma of the second and third convocations).

Deputy of the State Duma of the fourth convocation, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma  (2003-2004).

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation (2004-2011).

In 2011 he was elected deputy of the State Duma of the sixth convocation, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma, member of the Russian political party UNITED RUSSIA. Member of the State Duma Committee on Budget and Taxes. Member of the Supreme Council of the UNITED RUSSIA party.

He has been in charge of supporting high performance sports for many years.

Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation (1999-2003).President of the Russian Chess Federation (2003-2009).  Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Russian Chess Federation (from 2010 to the present).

Master of sport (chess).

He has been a member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sport, Excellence in Sports, Preparation and Organisation of the 2014 Sochi XXII Winter Olympics and XI Paralympics  since 2002. He is a leader of the Interagency Commission for high performance sport.

He was the head of the Supervisory Board of the Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi in 2007.

He has been the head of the Russian Olympic Committee since 2010.

In 2013 he became a member of the International Olympic Committee. He is the Chairman of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games bid Evaluation Commission of the International Olympic Committee.

He was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky, Order For Merit to the Fatherland, 3 and 4 class, Order of Honor, Order of Friendship, medal of Stolypin, orders of Russian Orthodox Church.

Vladimir Kozhin

Born February 28, 1959 in Troitsk, in Chelyabinsk region.

In 1982 he graduated from the Ulyanov Leningrad Electrotechnical Institute with a degree in engineering.

From 1982 to 1986 he was an instructor and Head of the  All-Union Leninist Young Communist League Department of the Petrograd District (Leningrad). From 1993 to 1994 he was the Director General of the Saint Petersburg Association of Joint Ventures. Since 1994 he has been heading the Northwestern Regional Center of the Federal Currency and Export Control Service of the Russian Federation.

In 1999 he graduated from the Northwest Academy of Public Administration. From September 20, 1999 to January 12, 2000, he headed the Federal Service of Russia for Currency and Export Control (Moscow).

From 2000 to 2014 he was the head of the Department of Presidential Affairs of the Russian Federation. He has been Aide to the Russian President of the Russian Federation on military and technical cooperation (since 2014).

He has been the Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the Association of Winter Olympic Sports since 2004, First Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee since December 22, 2005 and a member of the Supervisory Board of the Sochi-2014 Organizing Committee since 2007.

Igor Levitin

Born February 21, 1952 in the village of Tsebrikovo, Odessa region.

In 1970, at age 18 he was drafted into the Army. He received military education. In 1973 Levitin graduated from the Military School of Railroad Forces and Military Communications in Leningrad.

From 1973 to 1976 he served in the Armed Forces in the Odessa military area on the Moldavian railway line.

From 1976 to 1980 he worked in the Southern Group of Forces in Budapest (Hungary). In 1983 Levitin graduated from the Military Academy of Rear Services and Transport with a degree in “Engineer of communications“.

From 1983 to 1985 he served as a military commandant at the Urgal station on the Baikal-Amur railway line.

From 1985 to 1994 he worked on the Moscow railway line first as a Military Commandant and then as Deputy Chief of military communications. In 1994 he retired from the Armed Forces.

Since 1995 he worked for Odessa logistics company  Phoenix Trans Service. Since 1996 he worked in the Irkutsk City Duma. Later, he was the owner of several companies, including ZAO Dormashinvest.

Serving as Minister of Transport of Russia (2004-2012) was the peak of his career.

He was the Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin from 2012 to 2013 and his assistant since 2013.

From 2006 to 2009 he headed the Table Tennis Federation of Russia, after that he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Table Tennis Federation of Russia.

In 2014 he joined the presidential council of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

He holds a Ph.D in Political Science. He is an associate professor at the Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities.

Vladimir Lisin

Born May 7, 1956.

In 1978 he graduated from the Siberian Metallurgical Institute in Novokuznetsk majoring in Metallurgical engineering. In 1990 he graduated from the Higher Commercial Management School of the Foreign Trade Academy and in 1992 he graduated from the Academy of National Economy with a degree in Economics and Management.

Vladimir Lisin is an entrepreneur well-known both in Russia and abroad.

He was engaged in shooting sports from the age of 14. He is a holder of Master of Shooting Sports of Russia title.

In 2002 he was elected President of the Russian Shooting Union. He has been the founder and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Olympians Foundation since 2005.

He has been a member of the Commission for Culture and Olympic Education of the International Olympic Committee since 2006.

He has been a member of the Presidential Council for the Development of Physical Culture and Sports since 2008.

In 2009 he was elected President of the European Shooting Confederation. A year later, in 2010, he was elected member of the  International Shooting Sport Federation Administrative Council.

In 2011 he became President of the All-Russian Association of Summer Olympic Sports. In the same year he became Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). He is a member of the ROC Executive Committee.

He has been a  member of the International Shooting Sport Federation Executive Committee since 2013.

He was rewarded with several high state awards, including, Badge of Honor for Outstanding Sporting Achievements at the XXVIII Olympic Games in Athens.

He is a Metallurgical Engineer, Doctor of Technical Sciences and Doctor of Economics, the author of over 150 scientific works, including 17 monographs in the field of economics, management and technical sciences.

Gennady Timchenko

Born November 9, 1952 in Leninakan (Gyumri), Armenian SSR. In 1976 he graduated from the Leningrad Military Mechanical Institute, majoring in electrical engineering.

He began his career at the Izhorsk factory in the Leningrad Region. In the 1980s he worked for the Ministry of Foreign Trade. He has been engaged in entrepreneurial activity  since 1987, and has more than twenty five years of experience in the international energy markets. Currently he owns shares of major energy, transportation and construction companies within Volga Investment Group.

He has been holding the office of President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ice Hockey Club SKA (Saint Petersburg) since 2011. In July 2012 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kontinental Hockey League.

He is a co-founder of Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation (Timchenko Foundation), which specializes in supporting active aging, in supporting children and families and in the development of culture and sports.

He is supporting Russian sports federations: judo, water polo, alpine skiing and snowboard, tennis, table tennis, as well as the Russian Chess Federation and the Association of Winter Olympic sports.

In 2013 he was one of the sponsors and organizers of a high-rated tournament according to ELO system – Alekhine Memorial International Chess Super-Tournament and of the Russian Chess Championship Super Final,  which took place in Nizhny Novgorod. In 2014, the Transoil Company, co-owned by Gennady Timchenko, sponsored the Ice Hockey Under-18 World Championship.

Vladimir Sengleev

Born March 31, 1967 in the Republic of Kalmykia.

In 1990 he graduated from Rostov-on-Don Institute of National Economy, with a degree in Economics.

In 1990 after studying at the Institute and serving in the Soviet Army he began his work at Zvezda Factory (Elista, Republic of Kalmykia) as a Pre-production Engineer and a shop planner, working in harmful working conditions.

From 1992 to 1998 he worked with commercial entities operating in the securities market. At the same time he taught accounting and auditing at the Kalmyk State University.

From 1998 to 2010 he worked in the executive bodies of the Republic of Kalmykia as  Minister of Economy of the Republic of Kalmykia, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kalmykia – Minister of Economy of the Republic of Kalmykia and Prime Minister of the Republic of Kalmykia.

He has been an Honorary President of the Greco-Roman wrestling Federation of the Republic of Kalmykia since 2008.

On July 8, 2010 he was appointed head of the Directorate for innovation, medical and research programs of the ROC, on December 25, 2012 – Executive Director of the Russian Olympic Committee.

Holds a Candidate of Sciences (Ph.D.) degree in Economics.

He was awarded an Honorary Diploma of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation in 2002 and a Gratitude of the Government of the Russian Federation for great contribution to the implementation of the State Plan for training managers for organizations of the national economy of the Russian Federation in 2007.

Anastasia Davydova

Born February 2, 1983 in Moscow.

She graduated from the Moscow Institute of Economics, Management and Law, as well as the Russian State University of Physical Culture, Sport, Youth and Tourism, with a degree in Physical Culture and Sports.

She has been a member of the Russian national team since 2000, an honored Master of sports of Synchronized Swimming. Five-time Olympic champion (2004, 2008 – duet, team, 2012 – team). Multiple world champion (2001 — team, 2003 – duet, team, 2005 – duet, team, combination, 2007 — duet, combination, 2009 – duet (technical routine), team (free routine), 2011 – team (technical and free routine), combination and European champion (2000 – team, 2002, 2004 – duet, team, 2006 — duet, combination). World Championship silver medalist (2001 – duet). World Cup winner (2002 – duet, team, 2006 – duet, team).

After the 2012 Olympic Games in London she announced the completion of her sports career.

She was a standard-bearer of the Russian team at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

She currently holds the position of Vice-President of the Russian Olympic Committee. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Olympic Committee and Chairman of the Promotion Council of the Russian Olympic Committee.

She was awarded the Order of Friendship (November 4, 2005), the Order of Honour (August 2, 2009) and the order For Merit to the Fatherland IV class (August 13, 2012).