8 September 2013
Alexander Zhukov: Russian athletes will prepare for the Olympics-2020 in the Far East
Tokyo has justly won the right to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. This was stated by the President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov immediately after the results of the voting were announced. The members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted at the 125th session of the organization in Buenos Aires.
“All applicants have made excellent presentations today and I am sure that any of them could stage a wonderful Olympic Games. Tokyo will be a very convenient place for the Russian athletes, no doubt. Tokyo’s bid was very good. Japanese will be able to host the Olympic games at the highest level. They deserved to win,” said Zhukov.
As stressed by the head of the ROC, Russian athletes will prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in the Far East.
“Of course, the athletes should prepare for the Olympic Games in the places similar to the place where the Games will be held, so our athletes will prepare at the Far Eastern training-centers”, – said Alexander Zhukov.
It’s to be recalled that Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo were bidding for the Games. The Spanish capital was dropped out at the first stage of the voting. In the second round 60 members of the IOC voted for the Japanese city, while the Turkish capital gained only 36 votes.
At the same time the head of the ROC stressed that meanwhile Russian cities will not bid for the Summer Olympic Games.
Previously in mass media appeared the information that Moscow or Kazan can pretend to a right to host the Summer Olympic Games.
“Now it’s too soon to talk about it. We need to host the Games in Sochi. Then we will host World Football Cup in 2018. Therefore, the question of nominating the Russian cities for the right to host the Games is not even discussed,” he said.
“All applicants made remarkable presentations today and is sure that any of them could hold fine Olympic Games. Tokyo will be very convenient including for the Russian athletes, any doubts, the demand of Tokyo was very good. Japanese will be able to hold the Olympic Games at the highest level and they deservedly won” – Zhukov declared.
As the head of ROC emphasized, preparation of the Russian athletes for Olympic Games of 2020 will take place in the Far East.
“Certainly it is necessary to prepare for Olympic Games in places of most approached to where as a result will pass Games therefore our athletes will prepare on Far East bases”, – Alexander Zhukov declared.
Let’s remind that Madrid, Istanbul and Tokyo applied for the right of carrying out Games. The Spanish capital left at the first stage of vote. In the second round of 60 members the IOC voted for the demand of the Japanese city while the Turkish capital collected only 36 votes.
At the same time the head of ROC emphasized that the Russian cities won’t apply yet for carrying out summer Olympic Games.
Earlier in mass media there was information that on the right of carrying out summer Olympic Games Moscow or Kazan can pretend.
“Now to speak about it while early. We need to hold Games in Sochi, then it is necessary to us the FIFA World Cup in 2018 therefore the question of promotion of the Russian cities on the right of carrying out Games wasn’t discussed at all”, – he noted.