– There are opportunities to intensify cooperation with the prospect of organizing large sports events under the auspices of the SOC – said Putin.
The Russian leader made it clear, speaking at the SCO Summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, that he would like to see a group that includes the world’s two most populous countries – China and India – become a significant global counterweight to the “American-led West”. Many countries in the world severed contacts with Russia after its military aggression against Ukraine, and athletes from that country were excluded from sports rivalry.
In turn, the Russian doping scandal, in which the illegal state support system for many sports was revealed, revealed after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, caused the participation of Russian athletes in the next Olympics to be severely limited. Those who took part in the competition could only do so under a neutral flag.
China in the 21st century hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Both events were overshadowed by war or preparations for it by Russia, which invaded the former Soviet republics. In 2008, this was the case in Georgia and in 2022 in Ukraine.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenka, a close ally of Putin whose country has observer status in the SCO, said at the summit: “We propose the possibility of organizing a complex of sports competitions as part of the SCO: summer 2024 and winter 2026”.
These dates broadly coincide with the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics and the 2026 Milan-Cortina Winter Olympics – both taking place in Western Europe.
SCO is a security bloc established in 2001. The organization consists of China, Russia, India, Pakistan and four post-Soviet states of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The procedure for admitting a new member – Iran, another state at odds with the West – is nearing completion.
This guy does not need to be introduced to volleyball fans. Sebastian Świderski, president of the Polish Volleyball Federation and world runner-up in 2006, meets with Łukasz Kadziewicz before the quarter-final match of the Poles in this year’s championship. What does it tell him about the backstage of the election of Nikola Grbić as the coach of the Polish volleyball team? How does he evaluate his coaching achievements? – Everything depends on the group of people you meet – says Sebastian Świderski “In the Shadow of Sport”. He reveals what people he has met on his professional path, who he calls the biggest “freak”, with whom he has not exchanged a word in the locker room and outside, what he learned from moving to Italy and what the current generation of volleyball players keeps … in the refrigerator.
Source:PAP / cables
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