Contents tagged with Olympics

  • Russia decides to boycott Paris Olympics broadcast

    For the first time in 40 years, the Olympics won’t be broadcast in Russia, as television channels have refused to air the event, reports, citing informed sources.

    "A political decision was long made that under current circumstances, airing the Olympics without the flag and anthem on 'Channel One' and 'Russia-1' is impossible," a source told the news outlet.

    According to the source, until the last moment, there was a discussion about broadcasting on the channel "Match TV," but only …

  • Macron seeks Olympic truce and supports neutral participation of Russian athletes in Paris Games

    French President Emmanuel Macron has expressed hope that hostilities in Russia's war against Ukraine and other military conflicts, particularly in the Middle East and Sudan, will cease during the Paris Olympic Games. In an interview with French media on Monday, April 15, Macron stated his commitment to "do everything possible to obtain an Olympic truce" for the upcoming Summer Games.

    "We want to work on an Olympic truce, and I think this is an opportunity for me to engage with many of our …

  • Russia wants to demand a restructure of the IOC after PyeongChang Olympics

    The Chairperson of the Upper House (Federation Council) of the Russian Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, has stated that after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, Russia will demand a revision of the powers and the composition of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as reported by RBC news agency, citing a statement from the press service of the Federation Council.

    Matviyenko’s comments followed a statement from the IOC that the committee was going to appeal the ruling of the Court of …

  • Many famous Russian athletes will not attend Olympics in Pyeongchang

    Due to the doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has banned many top Russian athletes from participating in the 2018 Olympic Games in Peongchang even under a neutral flag. Those who will not make it to the games include six times Olympic champion, 20-times world champion and primary contender for victory in the short-track speed skating contest Viktor Ahn, Russia’s top biathlete Anton Shipulin, and Russia’s top cross-country skier Sergei Ustiugov.

    As reported by the French news …

  • Russia prepares sanctions against U.S. Special Prosecutor Mueller

    The Council of the Federation of Russia prepared a preliminary version of a list of those implicated in Russia’s ouster from the 2018 Olympics, and sanctions are being prepared against them.

    Included on the list, according to the media outlet RBK Group – citing two sources in the Upper Chamber of the Russian Parliament – are the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Craig Reedie, U.S. Attorney General Robert Mueller, head of the WADA commission to investigate charges of doping at the …

  • Russia asks IOC’s permission to use the symbols of the USSR for the 2018 Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) special commission will consider allowing Russian athletes to use the flag and anthem of the Soviet Union, after the athletes were prohibited from using Russian national symbols at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, R-Sport agency reports.

    "All such issues are considered by the Working Group on Olympic athletes from Russia. The IOC will issue guidelines for implementation of the group's decisions in due time, as indicated in the statement …

  • Russia to conduct ‘alternative Olympics’ for athletes banned from going to South Korea due to doping

    The Russian Minister of Sport, Pavel Kolobkov, has told journalists that his ministry will organize and carry out separate games for athletes banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, in South Korea.

    Kolobkov said the competition will not seek to obtain a new Olympic Games status because the exclusive rights to conduct the Olympics were owned by the International Olympic Committee.

    “Currently we are considering organizing a number of competitions and inviting foreign colleagues. We …

  • Russian Prime Minister Medvedev: Athletes will decide for themselves whether to go to the Olympics or not

    Right after Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the dismissal of the entire Russian team from the Olympics in Korea, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that nobody would prevent the athletes from participating in the Olympics under neutral status. Moreover, he even promised to cheer for them.

    "This decision was a heavy blow for millions of our people and a real tragedy for many Russian athletes, since the South Korean Olympics is the last chance for some of them to compete …

  • Russia refuses to return medals of athletes accused of doping

    The Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation declared that skiers and bobsledders who were disqualified from the Olympics and stripped of their 2014 Olympic Medals are not going to return the medals and will ask the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne to consider their lawsuits before the 2018 Olympics, reported Interfax, citing a source in the Russian Ministry of Sport.

    “The Bobsled Federation of Russia and the Cross-Country Ski Federation of Russian are ready to appeal to the …

  • UK Anti-Doping Agency calls for the Russian national team be disqualified from 2018 Olympics

    The head of the British Anti-Doping Agency, David Kenworthy exhorted the disqualification of the Russian national team from participation in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korean Pyeongchang.

    He stated this in an interview with the BBC on Saturday, January 7, commenting on the facts of the second part of the report of the World Anti-Doping Agency Commission under the direction of Richard McLaren.

    "What has been done in Russia is unbelievable. It's even more incredible than a James …