IOC President meets President of the Russian Federation ahead of the FIFA World Cup final
The President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, today met with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, ahead of the FIFA World Cup final in Moscow. President Bach congratulated President Putin on the great success of the tournament and of the Russian team. He also praised the Russian citizens for their hospitality and for being such warm and welcoming hosts to fans from around the world.
The two leaders discussed the development of sport in society in Russia, in particular following the sanctions taken at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, where no Russian team was allowed to participate by the IOC, but carefully selected athletes participated under the name “Olympic Athlete from Russia”. They both agreed that in the interests of Russian athletes, now was the time to re-enter into a dialogue, to look to the future and to bring Russian sport fully back into the international sports community.
President Bach noted that in the interests of clean Russian athletes and for all athletes from around the world, the reinstatement of RUSADA by WADA was of the highest importance – and that the IOC would advise the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to undertake the necessary remaining steps in this direction to allow Russia to once again play a full and active role in the Olympic Movement.
President Bach also informed him that, as part of this process, on Monday he would meet with the newly elected NOC President, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, and other representatives from the Russian Olympic Committee to re-establish dialogue and cooperation.
President Bach gave details about the support the IOC is giving to a number of new ROC projects, ranging from educational seminars aimed at developing a strong anti-doping culture among athletes to new agreements with training centres across Russia to provide opportunities for athletes and coaches, particularly those from former Soviet republics.