The Ministry of sports of Russia found a way to support the athletes, waiting until the last invitation to the Games in Pyeongchang, but it never received. They will be transferred to the tournament in Sochi. According to the source, alternative competitions will be held in the near future and will bring together 500 athletes from different countries.
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As stated by the Minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov, our athletes should not remain without practice, especially in those species where we have a lot of not allowed.
We will have a number of tournaments for athletes who are not included in the list, in Russia and invite foreign athletes, because the athletes have to compete. A ban on participation in other competitions have not invited the IOC no, — said Balls.
From the point of view of technical readiness, the sports facilities of Sochi, the capital of Games of 2014 are now in optimal condition. But there are other cities, for example, Khanty-Mansiysk. Most likely, he and a few places with good arenas will also be involved.
— First of all, the necessary initiative of the Federal center. Balanced and prepared. Things to take with rhyme or reason is impossible. The town has good sports infrastructure and organizational experience to hold such competitions. However, the necessary initiative of the Federal center. And held a large organizational work, — has commented on reports of tournament the Deputy head of the administration of Sochi Sergey Yurchenko.
The idea of organizing promotional sports events have received support at the highest state level. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Government to monitor the organization and conduct of competitions. Became known and the size of the prize provided to the winners of the competition.
— The President instructed the results of these competitions provide bonuses for medal winners in the same size as at the Olympic games — specifically said the press Secretary of the head of state, Dmitry Peskov.
In addition, the President drew attention to the need of TV coverage of this tournament and to increase the number of interested viewers and fans.
Begins to appear and the first details of the alleged participants. The desire and its willingness to go to the tournament told two-time medalist of the Olympics in Sochi, Russian speed skater Olga Graf. Previously, she said the rejection of the IOC for the Games in Pyeongchang.
The timing and form of the Games can affect the acquittal decision of the CAS appeals 28 athletes, the IOC decision on the disqualification which was canceled. However, this does not mean that they will still be able to fill up the team Russia at the Olympics-2018.