2016-11-07 18:16:00

Pope supports IOC's decision to admit Russians to 2016 Olympics - ROC head citing Thomas Bach

Moscow, November 7, Interfax - International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said on Monday that he had recently talked to the leaders of over 50 countries and the Pope, and all of them have backed the IOC decision to allow the Russian national team to take part in the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) president Alexander Zhukov said.

He said in an interview with the Russian Olympic Committee's press service that at the meeting of the IOC commission to set up an Olympic television channel IOC head Bach spoke in detail about the Russian Olympians' participation in the Games.

"The IOC president said that he has lately talked to the leaders of over 50 countries and many major international organizations. He has met with the Roman Catholic Church's head and the United Nations representatives. And all of them, in Bach's words, have backed the International Olympic Committee's decision to admit our national team [to the Games]. This, to my mind, is very important and demonstrates that the overwhelming majority of our colleagues are holding an objective position regarding Russian sports and are ready for further constructive cooperation on all relevant issues," Zhukov said.