Vladimir Putin congratulated the heads of FIFA and UEFA on Christmas and the upcoming New Year

Vladimir Putin congratulated a number of heads of international sports organizations on Christmas and the upcoming New Year. In particular, the Russian President sent congratulations to FIFA President Gianni Infantino and UEFA President Alexander Ceferin.

“The President of the Russian Federation congratulated with the coming New year, President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach, honorary President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge and honorary IOC member Jean-Claude Killy.

The Head of the Russian State also sent congratulations to the President of the International Judo Federation Marius Vizer, the President of the International Federation of Football Associations Gianni Infantino, the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation Rene Fasel and the President of the Union of European Football Associations Alexander Ceferin,” the press service of the official website of the President of Russia said.

The IOC commented on the decision of CAS in the case of WADA and RUSADA

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) commented on the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of the dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

“The IOC has taken note of and will carefully study the CAS decision, as well as its implications for competitions within the Olympic Movement, in particular the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. In this regard, the IOC will consult with the national Committees and the International Paralympic Committee in order to apply a consistent approach to the implementation of the regulation, ” the IOC said in a statement.

Russian athletes will not be able to compete under the national flag at the Olympic Games and World Championships in the next two years, and the country will not be able to host major sports tournaments. In addition, due to the decision of the CAS, Russian officials will not be able to hold senior positions in international sports federations.

New York Times: Russia is trying to prevent the publication of the CAS decision in the case of WADA and RUSADA

According to the American edition of The New York Times, Russia is trying to prevent the publication of the full text of the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS) in the case of a dispute between the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).

The article says that many considered the punishment for Russia too lenient. So, the American biathlete Claire Egan said that this decision offended and disappointed her, and she also noted that she does not understand how such decisions can be made.

According to the CAS verdict, Russian athletes can participate in the Olympic games and world Championships in Olympic sports only in a neutral status until December 16, 2020. Their uniforms must bear the inscription “neutral athlete”, they are forbidden to have a flag, coat of arms or other national symbols. The Russian national anthem will not be performed at award ceremonies. Russia is also deprived of the right to host or qualify for the world Championships and Olympic games within the next two years.

Initially the WADA had demanded for Russia the sanctions for four years. According to the decision of the CAS, this period is reduced to two years. The article indicates that Russia is trying to block the publication of the full 186-page verdict of the court, although WADA rules clearly state that all CAS decisions must be published in full.

It became known how much the Olympics in Tokyo have risen in price due to the pandemic

The total budget of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo has increased to $ 15.8 billion due to the postponement for the year, Kyodo news agency reports. This is about $ 2.85 billion more than the original amount.

Most of the amount will be spent on the improvement of sports facilities and maintenance of the Olympic Village.

931 million will be spent on measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Recall that the IOC and the Organizing committee of the Olympic Games in Tokyo at the end of March this year announced the postponement of the Summer Olympics to 2021 due to the pandemic.

The games are now scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

The Russians who have served the disqualification will be able to participate in the OI without restrictions

President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov said that Russian athletes who served a suspension for doping will be able to participate in the Olympic Games without any restrictions.

“For athletes with a doping history who have served a disqualification. They can participate in the Olympic Games and World Championships without any restrictions, “P-Sport quotes Pozdnyakov as saying.

Recall that today, December 17, it became known that Russian athletes will not be able to compete under their own flag until 2022.

On December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee stripped the Russian agency of its compliance status, which made it possible to apply such serious measures. The World Anti — Doping Agency was given the opportunity to deprive athletes of the right to compete at the World Championships and Olympic Games under the flag of their country less than a year before the decision of the executive committee-these changes were made to the World Anti-Doping Code.

In addition, due to the decision of the CAS, Russian officials will not be able to hold senior positions in international sports federations.

Samuelsson: if it is forbidden to perform with the flag at the OI, then it should be done at the World Cup

Swedish biathlete Sebastian Samuelsson commented on the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the case of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) dispute with the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. One of the adopted points was to deprive Russian athletes of the opportunity to compete under their own flag at international competitions until 2022.

“a rather strange decision of cas. If it is forbidden to perform with the flag and anthem at the Olympic Games, then it should be done at the World Cup stages. what’s the difference? Should I say usernames and Glazyrina? No, “Samuelsson was quoted as saying by Match TV.

Recall that on December 9, 2019, the WADA Executive Committee stripped the Russian agency of its compliance status, which made it possible to apply these serious measures. The World Anti — Doping Agency was given the opportunity to deprive athletes of the right to compete at the World Championships and Olympic Games under the flag of their country less than a year before the decision of the executive committee-these changes were made to the World Anti-Doping Code.

In addition, due to the decision of the CAS, Russian officials will not be able to hold senior positions in international sports federations.

IOC removed representatives of the NOC of Belarus from the Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to preliminarily remove the representatives of the NOC of Belarus from the Olympics, IOC PR Director Christian Claue said on Twitter.
The President of the NOC of Belarus is the President of the country Alexander Lukashenko. This means that he is prohibited from attending any IOC events, including the Olympic Games.

Also, the IOC has temporarily suspended all payments to the NOC of Belarus, except for those that go to prepare athletes for the Olympic Games.

Egyptian squad counts on Salah at Tokyo Olympics

Egypt’s head coach Shawki Garib has said he plans to take Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah to the Tokyo Olympics. According to the rules, players not older than 23 years old can participate in the Games, but each team can take three older players.

  • We will talk with Liverpool in March, – quotes Inside the Games Garib. – We have not discussed this with the player himself yet. The problem is that the African Cup will be held just a few months after the Olympics, but the latter will end three days before the start of the season in England. But we won’t be able to call Salah if Liverpool don’t agree.

Salah played at the 2012 London Olympics, scored 3 goals and helped the team reach the quarterfinals.

IOC hopes to convince Tokyo Olympics to be vaccinated against coronavirus

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) hopes to convince athletes at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

“If a vaccine is received in 2021 and we manage to encourage all athletes to get vaccinated, there will be benefits for everyone,” IOC Vice President John Coates said at a press conference. – The number of athletes will not be reduced, but we must make sure that the Olympic Village will be the safest place in Tokyo.

The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to run from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The games were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020, but were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Dominic Thiem: “I will participate in the Tokyo Olympics! I thought about it for a long time, and next year the Games will finally fit into my calendar “

The third racket of the world, Dominic Thiem, shared his impressions of the beginning of the offseason and spoke about plans for 2021.

“Finally I’m on vacation! My first Grand Slam in New York, the final in Melbourne and the final – a very successful season came to an end. Now I am planning to rest for 10 days – because of the pandemic it is impossible to go abroad, so I will spend this time at home in Austria.

No training, no meetings, and I’ll just turn on my mobile for a while – I want to fully recharge, since I have big goals for 2021, although no one knows exactly when we will be allowed to start in Australia.

However, some decisions have already been made. From July 23rd I will participate in the Tokyo Olympics! I thought about this for a long time, and next year the Games will finally fit into my calendar. And I look forward to them to compete for the medal. My coach Nicholas Massu won two golds in Athens in 2004, he told me about incredible, amazing emotions. I want to experience them myself. The atmosphere of the Olympics is unique, I want to absorb it all. “

Tim had previously planned to skip the Olympics. In 2020, his two-year agreement with the home tournament in Kitzbühel was still in force, which, before the changes in the calendar of competitions caused by the pandemic, should have taken place in the same period. Tim did not go to the 2016 Games because he preferred the ATP tournaments and the Davis Cup to them.

The US Open champion has also confirmed that he will take part in the Laver Cup in Boston in September.

Aminov on Tokyo 2020: “There is great hope for vaccination and the fact that many people have already acquired immunity”

President of the Federation of Modern Pentathlon of Russia (FSPR) Vyacheslav Aminov shared his expectations for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which is scheduled for August 2021.

“IOC President Thomas Bach was recently in Japan and assured everyone that the Olympics would be held on time and in a full-fledged format with spectators. As I understand it, there is great hope for vaccination and that many people have already acquired immunity.

As for the competitive calendar, everything is very confusing so far. Just a week ago, the international federation put to a vote the question of holding the World Cup in Mexico in December this year. The vote was almost halved, with only the voice of Executive President Shormann tipping the scales in favor of not hosting the tournament.

There is an example of Poland, which recently hosted the European Youth Championship. Yes, many countries did not come, but the tournament took place, the athletes received competitive practice. We also held the Russian Championship in September, without any negative consequences.

On November 21, the Cup of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation was supposed to take place, but here, due to the current restrictions, it was postponed to 2021. In general, I am sure that there will be competitions before Tokyo. Maybe not quite in a full-fledged format, but they will definitely be, ”Aminov said.

North America KM Alpine Skiing Stages Canceled Due to COVID

The International Ski Federation (FIS) has canceled the Alpine Ski World Cup in North America due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the FIS website.
It is noted that the decision was made after consultations with the national federations of Canada and the United States, as well as the organizers of the competition.
For women, stages in the American Killington (slalom and giant slalom, November 28-29) and Canadian Lake Louis (speed disciplines, December 1-6) were canceled.
In the men’s competition, the stages in Lake Louis (speed disciplines, November 25-29) and American Beaver Creek (technical disciplines, December 1-6) will not take place.
The changes in the calendar must be approved by the FIS Council, which will meet from September 30 to October 2.

Olympic badminton champion Takahashi retires

The Japanese Olympic champion in badminton Ayaka Takahashi has retired.
In 2016, at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Takahashi became the doubles champion along with Misaki Matsutomo. Takahashi, 30, has made the decision not to wait to defend the title at the postponed 2021 home Olympics in Tokyo.
“After I won the gold medal in Rio, I struggled to maintain my mood. I doubt my inner fire and body will last another year,” said Takahashi, quoted by the AFP.

Takahashi also revealed that she is now going to work on popularizing badminton.

Spectators may be admitted to the match for the 2020 UEFA Super Cup

The match for the 2020 UEFA Super Cup, which will be held in Budapest, may have a limited number of spectators, according to the official website of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
The situation with the admission of fans to the stands was one of the topics of discussion on Wednesday during a video conference with the 55 secretaries general of the UEFA member associations. The union noted that it would be too early to organize the launch of spectators for the national teams in the League of Nations, which will be held in early September, and that a series of test matches should be held to assess the direct impact of spectator presence on existing medical protocols.
The match between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League is due to take place in the Hungarian capital on September 24, and, as noted in the release, this match may be the first in which a certain number of fans will be allowed into the stands.
Also, the conference participants emphasized that admission of fans is possible only if strict sanitary and hygiene measures are taken during the coronavirus pandemic in order to guarantee the safety of health of all match participants.
They also discussed the problems that players may have when returning from clubs to national teams due to the difficulties of crossing borders and the possible need to stay in quarantine. Associations were recommended to ask their governments to make exceptions for players, to create so-called international corridors for them. It is noted that the fact that players are regularly tested for coronavirus ensures that they do not pose a risk to others. At the same time, associations will be given the opportunity to ask for a match on a neutral field if conditions in the host country could jeopardize the match.
The results of the discussions will be presented to the UEFA Executive Committee in the coming days, which will take the final decision.

Bach announced that the IOC will vaccinate all participants of the OI against coronavirus

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said that all participants in the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be vaccinated when the coronavirus vaccine appears in the world.
This was reported by the Japanese news agency Kyodo. It is noted that this issue was discussed during a meeting between Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Sugi.

The Tokyo Summer Olympics were originally scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the competitions were postponed for a year and will now be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. In this case, the name “Tokyo-2020” will be retained.

Earlier it was reported that Japan may cancel the quarantine for athletes and spectators at the Olympics.

Australia to host the 2032 Queensland Olympics

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a meeting with the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach said that the country’s authorities fully support Queensland’s bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympics.
This was reported on Twitter by the IOC. The state of Queensland has officially announced its intention to apply to host the 2032 Games in December 2019. The city of Brisbane and the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast resort areas were also to be included in the bid campaign.

In May 2020, the bidding campaign was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier, Bach said that the IOC will vaccinate all OI participants against coronavirus.

Japan may end quarantine for athletes and spectators at the Olympics

The Japanese government, at a meeting dedicated to the holding of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and measures to combat coronavirus, confirmed the course to abolish quarantine for foreign athletes and spectators from states where the situation with the pandemic has stabilized.
At the same time, the issue of the presence of foreign spectators and possible restrictions on the number of fans will be decided in the spring. It is noted that viewers from countries with a stable situation with coronavirus may be allowed to use public transport, but for fans from countries with an unfavorable epidemiological situation, the need for quarantine will remain.

Athletes who arrive in the country before the start of the Games can attend competitions and training sessions during a two-week quarantine.

It is expected that a decision on these issues will be made before the end of the year.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Japan said that the OI will show that humanity has coped with the coronavirus.

Japan may lift quarantine for foreign spectators at Tokyo Olympics

The Japanese government is considering lifting the two-week quarantine for foreign spectators of the Olympics and Paralympics in 2021, Kyodo reported.

According to the source, fans may be allowed to use public transport upon arrival in Japan, but they are required to take a coronavirus test before leaving their home country and upon arrival in Japan. At the same time, Japan has not yet decided whether to accept foreign viewers or not.

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has been postponed for a year and should now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Earlier it was reported that the Japanese government will oblige the Olympiad participants to pass a coronavirus test upon arrival in Japan, as well as before leaving the country at the end of the Games. If athletes arriving from abroad have a certificate of a negative coronavirus test, they will be allowed not to undergo a two-week quarantine.

NHL does not think 2020/21 season should necessarily be completed before Tokyo Olympics

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league does not consider the Tokyo Summer Olympics a mandatory deadline for the 2020/21 season, ESPN reported.

The games, postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, are due to start on July 23 next year. The NHL plans to start the season on January 1 and host a regular season of at least 48 matches.

Note that the NHL has a television contract with the NBC channel, which traditionally hosts Olympic broadcasts.

The Japanese Prime Minister assured that the 2021 Olympics will take place

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said that the country intends to definitely host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo in the summer of 2021. According to him, it will become a symbol of the victory of humanity over the coronavirus, reports AP.

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition has been postponed for a year and should now take place from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

Earlier it was reported that the Japanese government will oblige the Olympiad participants to pass a coronavirus test upon arrival in Japan, as well as before leaving the country at the end of the Games. If athletes arriving from abroad have a certificate of a negative coronavirus test, they will be allowed not to undergo a two-week quarantine.

IOC President opposes turning OI into a demonstration site

The President of the International Olympic Committee Thomas Bach responded to calls to repeal the 50th paragraph of the rules of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits political demonstrations during the Games. Earlier, the head of World Athletics Sebastian Coe said that the IOC should not punish athletes who show their political views, given the demonstrations of participants in the Black Lives Matter movement. But Bach disagreed with Coe.

“The Olympic Games are primarily about sports. Athletes are a symbol of form, solidarity and peace. They show respect for each other by demonstrating political neutrality.

The power of unity of the Games can only work if everyone respects each other and shows solidarity. Otherwise, the Olympics will turn into a demonstration area. This will not bring the world together, ”Bach wrote in his column for The Guardian.

The IOC will ensure that there is no discrimination against athletes for political views in Belarus

The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) received an interim report on the situation of athletes in the Republic of Belarus.

By its decision of October 7, the IOC Executive Board initiated an investigation into the compliance of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Republic of Belarus with the Olympic Charter. In response to inquiries from the IOC, detailed information was provided on this matter from both the NOC and the NOC Athletes’ Commission, and assurances were obtained that the NOC would fully comply with the Olympic Charter.

Nevertheless, the IOC, once again expressing serious concern about the general situation of the sports community in Belarus, will continue to monitor the situation of Belarusian athletes in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Tokyo and Beijing and remains open to any additional information regarding political discrimination against athletes who under the jurisdiction of the NOC.

“The IOC is a civic non-governmental organization and its mandate is limited to sports. The IOC has neither the mandate nor the ability to change laws or political systems, including the laws of a sovereign country, and therefore will not comment on political events in any country.

The IOC takes the responsibility of ensuring that the NOCs of all countries adhere to the Olympic Charter very seriously and, as a result, the athletes under their leadership can compete without discrimination. In particular, not to be discriminated against for their political views, ”the IOC press service said.

The IOC President opposed the transformation of the OI into a platform for demonstrations

The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, responded to calls to cancel the 50th paragraph of the rules of the Olympic Charter, which prohibits political demonstrations during the Games. Earlier, the head of World Athletics, Sebastian CoE, said that the IOC should not punish athletes who demonstrate their political views, given the demonstrations of participants in the black Lives Matter movement. But Bach did not agree with CoE.

“The Olympic games are primarily about sport. Athletes are a symbol of form, solidarity and peace. They show respect for each other, demonstrating political neutrality.

The power of unity in Games can only work if everyone respects each other and shows solidarity. Otherwise, the Olympics will turn into a demonstration square. This will not unite the world, ” Bach wrote in his column on the pages of the Guardian.

The IOC will make sure that Belarus does not discriminate against athletes for their political views

The Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received an interim report on the situation of athletes in the Republic of Belarus.

By its decision of October 7, the IOC Executive Committee initiated an investigation into the compliance of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Republic of Belarus with the Olympic Charter. In response to requests from the IOC, detailed information on this issue was provided by both the NOC and the NOC athletes ‘ Commission, and guarantees were obtained for the NOC’s full compliance with the Olympic Charter.

However, the IOC, while again expressing serious concern about the overall situation of the sports community in Belarus, will continue to monitor the situation of Belarusian athletes in the run-up to the Olympic games in Tokyo and Beijing and remains open to any additional information regarding political discrimination against athletes under the jurisdiction of the NOC.

“The IOC is a civil non-governmental organization and its mandate is limited to sports. The IOC has neither the mandate nor the ability to change laws or political systems, including those of a sovereign country, and therefore will not comment on political developments in any country.

The IOC takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure that the NOCS of all countries comply with the Olympic Charter, and as a result, athletes under their leadership can compete without discrimination. In particular, not to be discriminated against for their political views, ” the IOC press service said in a statement.