19 Feb 2021 19:06

Russian athletes to perform under ROC flag at Olympics in 2020, 2022 - ROC president

MOSCOW. Feb 19 (Interfax) - The Russian team at the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020 and Beijing in 2022 will perform as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team for the period of the ban on competing under the Russian national flag and anthem , ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said.

"This is important to note. Our athletes will go to Tokyo and Beijing under the flag of the Russian Olympic Committee and will perform as a ROC team. There is certainty here," Pozdnyakov was quoted as saying by the ROC press service on Friday.

"As with the outfit. We have agreed with the IOC [International Olympic Committee] on the final design of the uniforms of our athletes and officials in Tokyo. I think that soon, our official outfitter, ZASPORT, will present it to the public," he said.

"The musical accompaniment for use at the Olympics has yet to be approved by the IOC," Pozdnyakov said. "We sent the song 'Katyusha,' as proposed by the ROC Athletes Commission, and we're waiting for a decision," he said.

"It's important that after a song is approved, it'll be possible to use it at all world championships," Pozdnyakov said.

"We understand that in today's IOC document, there are still some points that will require further detailed elaboration. However, I think that taking into account our constructive dialogue, we'll come to an understanding on all issues. Our task is the same and remains unchanged, that is, ensuring the observance of the legal rights and interests of our athletes," he said.

In December 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne ruled on a dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. According to the CAS decision, Russian athletes are prohibited from performing under their own flag and anthem at the Olympics and world championships for two years. Russia will also not be able to bid to host major international sports competitions for two years. Additionally, the sanctions affect Russian public officials.