Russian Olympic chief: IOC to participate in 40th anniversary of Moscow Olympics

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MOSCOW, April 11. /TASS/. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) plans to participate in the festivities in Russia next year dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), told TASS on Thursday.

“The International Olympic Committee will definitely participate in this event as it has been always taking part in celebrations of the most successful Olympic Games, which certainly include the Olympics in Moscow,” Pozdnyakov said in an interview with TASS.

“We have numerous ideas of how to celebrate this event, adding up that the dates of the Olympic Games in Moscow coincide with the All-Russia Olympic Day,” Pozdnyakov said. “We are setting up at the moment a work group to deal with this task.”

On March 27, Russian President Vladimir Putin voiced his support to the idea of by Honorary President of the Russian Olympic Committee Vitaly Smirnov to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow.

At a session of the Council on the Physical Culture and Sport Development, Smirnov mentioned the success of the Moscow Olympics and suggested to demonstrate to the world’s sports community modern Russia’s achievements in the development of sports.

The Russian president said at that time that “It is a good idea.” He instructed the Russian Sports Ministry and Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin to back up the idea of Vitaly Smirnov.

The 1980 Summer Olympics was held in the Russian capital of Moscow between July 19 and August 3.

The summer Olympics in 1980, hosted by then-Soviet Union, were marred by a boycott on behalf of a number of foreign countries, including the United States, in protest of Soviet military presence in Afghanistan.

Addressing the first ever World Olympians Forum (WOF), hosted by Moscow in 2015, IOC President Thomas Bach said the boycott could have been avoided if the IOC and the world leaders “could have listened to the Olympians at that time and the boycott could have never happened.”.

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