La Jornada newspaper
Saturday, February 20, 2021, p. a11
Lausanne. With Russia’s title banned for the subsequent two Olympic Video games, its groups and athletes will be formally called ROC, introduced the Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC).
The title of the delegation – an acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee – was agreed upon by the IOC and the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA), which processed the latest case in a years-long investigation right into a doping program and cover-up that had the assistance of the State.
A ruling issued in December by the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport vetoed Russia’s title, flag and nationwide anthem from this 12 months’s Tokyo Olympics and the Winter 2022 Video games in Beijing.
The settlement avoids using the phrase impartial that WADA insisted ought to be used to offset any reference to the phrase Russia on uniforms or tools.
The flag of the Russian delegation in Tokyo and Beijing will be the image of the ROC, an Olympic flame with white, blue and purple bands of the nationwide flag on 5 Olympic rings.
It has but to be agreed which piece of music will exchange the nationwide anthem in the course of the award ceremonies.
The Russian Olympic Committee will present a musical piece to be sung in any respect ceremonies, the IOC reported.
ROC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, who additionally headed the Olympic delegation in 2018, mentioned the physique has despatched proposals for the anthem and uniforms to the IOC in advance.
Russia intends to make use of Katyusha, a patriotic standard music from the Soviet period that’s strongly associated to the combat in opposition to Nazi Germany in World Warfare II.