Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko commented on the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) banned him for life to happen at the Olympic games. According to officials, he is not thinking now about his own disqualification, it is important to protect the interests of Russian athletes.
“I don’t want to evaluate the decision of the IOC in relation to me personally. Now is not the time to think about yourself. First and foremost you need to protect athletes,” — quoted Mutko “Federal news Agency”.
Mutko said that would support all the local athletes who decide to compete under a neutral flag. According to him, participation at the Olympic games is the right athlete, which should be respected and supported.
Deputy Prime Minister added that the priority now is to support Russian athletes as to protect the “good name” and to participate in the Olympics. According to him, the work in this direction will continue and, in particular, we are talking about civil and commercial courts, which will appeal for help, clarifies news Nation News.
On December 5, the IOC Executive Board suspended the national team of Russia from participation in the Olympic games to be held in South Korea’s Pyeongchang. The “clean” athletes were allowed to participate under the neutral flag. In addition, the Russian sports officials were denied accreditation and the Vice-Premier Vitaly Mutko removed from the Game for life, reminiscent of the “national news service”. Membership the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, the IOC suspended. The Olympic Committee of Russia will be obliged to reimburse the IOC in the amount of $ 15 million on investigation and to sponsor “an Independent Committee of inspection”.