Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Angry over Russian snub in Rio 2016, Putin to skip opening ceremony

Narada Desk | July 26, 2016 11:11 am Print
Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be attending the Rio Olympics 2016 opening ceremony. Tesnsion between Russia and IOC persists
Russian President Vladimir Putin (Xinhua/Li Jizhi/IANS)

Miffed over Russia’s snub by the IOC in Rio Olympics 2016, the Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided that he will not attend the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 5, although the International Olympic Committee (IOC) did not veto the participation of his country’s contingent in the Games, the Kremlin said .

Putin’s absence from the opening ceremony indicates the cold vibes Russia is having with the IOC ever since the dope allegations had surfaced .

“As I understand it, there are no plans for such a trip,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media, adding that Putin “has another working schedule”.

Peskov did not rule out that Putin may travel to Brazil during the Games to encourage Russian athletes, after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decided to exclude some athletes.

Before the decision of the IOC, the Russian leader ordered the formation of an independent committee to combat doping in Russia, with the committee led by Vitali Smirnov, the oldest member of IOC.

Peskov regretted that the IOC has banned Russian sports officials from attending the Games because of doping allegations during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the world athletics championships 2013 in Moscow.