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Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired a meeting of the organizing committee for the preparation of Russian athletes for the XXIV Olympic and XIII Paralympic Winter Games in 2022 in Beijing.

Dmitry Chernyshenko chaired a meeting of the organizing committee for the preparation of Russian athletes for the XXIV Olympic and XIII Paralympic Winter Games in 2022 in Beijing

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov, Chairman of the Executive Committee, First Vice-President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Pavel Rozhkov, representatives of Olympic federations in winter sports, regions where athletes are trained, as well as the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Health, FMBA, Ministry of Digital Industry, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Air Transport Agency and members of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted that on behalf of President Vladimir Putin, a set of measures was developed to improve the efficiency of training Russian athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. For these purposes, about 275 million rubles were allocated from the federal budget. Also, for the participation of Russian athletes in training and test events at Olympic sports facilities in China, international sports competitions, including for PCR testing, more than 400 million rubles were additionally allocated from the federal budget.

“Preparations for the Olympic Games are in full swing, and we are moving on to its final stage. An expanded list of candidates for the Olympic team has been approved. It includes 600 people in 13 sports from more than 45 regions of the country. In total, Russia claims 218 out of 261 possible quotas, including 7 new disciplines. The final distribution of quotas will take place at the end of January next year based on the results of the athletes’ performances at the official competitions of the season, ”said Dmitry Chernyshenko.

With regard to preparations for the Paralympic Games, the Deputy Prime Minister noted that the expanded list of the Russian national team included 126 athletes in 6 sports. “To date, 49 quotas have already been won, and this is 69 athletes. We expect that 6 more athletes will be selected before the end of the qualifying period, that is, until mid-February. The final composition of the national team can include up to 75 athletes, ”he added.

Dmitry Chernyshenko noted the work of the FMBA on vaccination of athletes, the level of which among adult athletes is more than 85%.

He instructed the Ministry of Sports, FMBA and the All-Russian Olympic and Paralympic Sports Federations to complete vaccination among athletes, coaches and accompanying personnel by the end of the year, as well as organize medical support for athletes at the highest level.

“The preparation of Russian athletes for the Olympic Winter Games is carried out in accordance with the departmental project“ Beijing-2022 ”and targeted comprehensive programs for the training of national teams of the Russian Federation in winter Olympic sports, approved in 2018. The indicators for the years of implementation provided for by the project have been met in full. Including the indicator of 2021 – 3-5th place in the unofficial team medal standings based on the results of performance at the world championships, where Russian athletes took third place. According to the results of the world championships of the last sports season, our athletes won 40 medals: 11 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze. For the four-year Olympic cycle, the national teams in winter Olympic sports were fully provided with equipment, sports equipment and special and general-purpose equipment at the expense of the federal budget in the amount of about 1.2 billion rubles. Events of the unified calendar plan for winter Olympic sports are annually provided in the amount of about 1.5 billion rubles. The plan of the final stage of preparation of combined teams has been formed. In 10 sports, the final training events before the Olympic Games will be held in Russia, including Siberia and the Far East, which will help our teams to successfully acclimatize. The most important task for us is to preserve the health of our athletes in the current epidemiological situation, ”said Oleg Matytsin.

President of the Russian Olympic Committee Stanislav Pozdnyakov and Chairman of the Executive Committee, First Vice-President of the Russian Paralympic Committee Pavel Rozhkov also reported on their readiness for the Olympic Games.

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The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will be held in Beijing (People’s Republic of China) from 4 to 20 February 2022. It is planned to participate in them about 4 thousand athletes from more than 85 countries, who will compete for 109 sets of medals in 13 sports. In July 2018, the International Olympic Committee announced the inclusion of 7 new disciplines in the program of the Olympic Games: singles bobsleigh for women, men’s and women’s freestyle competitions in the big air discipline, mixed relay in short track, mixed team competition in freestyle in acrobatics, ski jumping and snowboard cross. The XIII Paralympic Winter Games will be held from 4 to 13 March 2022 in Beijing. It is expected that 736 athletes from 50 countries will take part in them. There will be 78 sets of medals in 6 sports, which is two sets of medals less than the 2018 Paralympic Games in PyeongChang. The reduction in medal disciplines has taken place in snowboarding.

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