The President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Alexander Zhukov explained why he apologized to the Executive Committee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). His words are quoted “R-Sport”.
“Unfortunately, this (the Moscow anti-doping) laboratory with all these criminals do not exist on Mars, and in our country. And, unfortunately, its activities were not timely disclosed. And she has caused enormous damage especially to our athletes, hundreds of our athletes, and, of course, the whole Olympic movement,” said Zhukov, believing I did the right thing.
“Two views here can not be. Yes, OCD to that wasn’t involved in any way. But I apologized for it and believe that did the right thing. Because to deny that harm is impossible. We need to get through this difficult moment in the history of our sport, turn the page,” — said the head of the ROC.
On December 5, the IOC Executive Board held a meeting, which suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympic games in 2018 for anti-doping rule violations. To speak in Pyeongchang can only athletes who have proven its “purity”. They will have the opportunity to compete under a neutral flag.
Zhukov and the ROC was disqualified. The Russians during the meeting, apologized to the IOC for anti-doping rule violations that were committed in the country.
In 2016, the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov informant became the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) and accused the Champions and medalists of the Sochi-2014 in the application of a cocktail of doping, which he himself created. The investigation commissions of the IOC, Russia has lost ten Olympic medals and forfeited first place in the team standings.