Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial mobilization in the country, as a result of which 300,000 people were called up to serve. reservists.
Russians massively began to look for ways to escape from the country, while ROC President S. Pozdiankov stated that people and athletes should feel honored by having the opportunity to fight for their country.
“From the ROC’s point of view, we, as citizens of the country, see service to our native country as an honorable duty for every citizen, including the athletes of the national teams,” S. Pozdniakov said while talking to TASS.
Despite the war waged by the Russians in Ukraine, the president of the ROC hopes that the Russians will be able to return to the Olympic Games.
“The main and preferred scenario is the return of Russian athletes to international competition at the 2024 and 2026 Olympic Games.
ROC is doing everything in our power to lift the sanctions against Russian athletes,” S. Pozdniakov told his dreams.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the attitude towards Russia and Belarus does not change.
“The IOC’s recommendations to international federations regarding the participation of Russian and Belarusian athletes in competitions remain valid,” the IOC announced in response to S. Pozdniakov’s words.
Daina Gudzinevičiūtė, president of the Lithuanian National Olympic Committee (LTOC), reacted to the words of the ROC president. In her personal Facebook account, D. Gudzinevičiūtė stated that she herself would seek to remove S. Pozdniakov from the Olympic community.
“I will be brief. I am angry, saddened and ashamed that we were colleagues with this person for so many years. War showed its true colors.
On Tuesday, I am going to the meeting of the Executive Committee of the Association of European Olympic Committees in Greece. I will contact my colleagues about what we can do together so that he does not remain in the Olympic community,” wrote the LTOK president.