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.