Stanislav Pozdnyakov Defeats Alexander Popov for ROC President

Earlier this month, four-time Olympic gold medalist and current International Swimming Hall of Fame member Alexander Popov was nominated to become the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).

On May 29, Popov was defeated in the race by Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the current Vice-President of the Committee. Pozdnyakov is also a four-time Olympic and 10-time World Champion in fencing and won the vote 214-56.

Both men were running to replace current President Alexander Zhukov who decided not to stand for re-election earlier this month.

According to Inside the Games, after playing a big role in the participation of the Olympic Athletes from Russia at this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Pozdnyakov has already made it clear that one of his top priorities is ensuring a clean slate for Russian athletes headed into Tokyo.

“The Olympic Assembly decided to give me the powers of the president of the Russian Olympic Committee for a four-year term,” Pozdnyakov said. “I realise that we have a very big and serious work to do. We have work to improve the management of sports, to raise the prestige of Russia on the international sports arena.”

Before the election, Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on this same goal:

“Today, the Olympic Movement of Russia faces serious and highly responsible tasks,” he said. “The future of sports of higher achievements and its competitiveness largely depend on their competent decisions. It is important to fully ensure the restoration of our positions in the international sports movement, actively participate in the activities of international federations, continue to work on improving the effectiveness of the anti-doping system. And of course, it is necessary to give priority to the formation of a culture of absolute intolerance to this negative phenomenon at all stages of sports training. I want to emphasise that the responsibility for achieving these goals rests with the ROC as the founder of the all-Russian anti-doping organisation. I am confident that together we will overcome all difficulties together and continue developing Russian sports for the benefit of the fatherland and its citizens.”

Other top positions were awarded to Igor Levitin (First Vice President), Gennady Timchenko and Vladimir Kozhin (continuing as Vice Presidents), Vasily Titov and Viacheslav Aminov (Vice Presidents), Vladimir Sengleev (Director General) and Anastasia Davydova (General Secretary).

Inside the Games contributed to this report.

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Diana Pimer was a breaststroke/IMer at Keene State College and is the NEISDA Conference record holder in the 200 IM. She is currently an Age Group Coach at AGUA in New York City and has covered major competitions for Swimming World including the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, 2015 and 2017 FINA World Championships, USA Swimming Nationals and more.

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