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Russia backs IOC's plan for Tokyo Olympics

AP
Published Mar 23, 2020, 7:23 pm IST
Updated Mar 23, 2020, 7:23 pm IST
ROC expresses displeasure at attempts to bring pressure on the organizations responsible for staging the games
Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov. AP Photo
 Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov. AP Photo

Moscow: Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee's approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body's critics.

The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for "complete support.''

 

The ROC says "we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations responsible for staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.''

Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.

Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

But those measures can't be implemented until there's a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It's unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.

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