PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – A workforce of impartial athletes from Russia has complained of “negative treatment” on the Pyeongchang Olympics by a Canadian workforce member, eliciting a puzzled Canadian apology on Wednesday and underlining tensions surrounding Russia at these Games.
Russia is banned from competing for his or her nation attributable to an alleged state-backed doping scheme, however the International Olympics Committee (IOC) has allowed it to ship so-called impartial athletes who don’t have any historical past of drugs-cheating.
The chief of mission for the “Olympic Athletes from Russia” contingent at Pyeongchang, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, stated on Thursday Russian coach had been handled badly by a member of the Canadian delegation however gave no particulars.
“We had fears that our athletes and trainers could face some kind of negative prejudice,” Pozdnyakov informed a information convention.
“There has been only one case involving a representative of Canada. But the incident has been resolved. The head of the Canadian mission has apologized for the behavior of this specialist.”
The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) appeared to acknowledge that an incident had taken place however stated it was unclear whether or not a member of its delegation had been concerned.
“First of all we don’t even know if it is a coach,” Eric Myles, COC Executive Director of Sport, informed reporters.
He stated the delegation had been informed it “could be Canada” however it determined to take the matter significantly, sending a word to Canadian workforce members on anticipated conduct on the Games and telling the Russians: “‘Hey sorry, if it happens’.”
Many athletes have known as for Russians to be banned from worldwide competitors after a 2015 report contained proof of state-backed, systematic doping in athletics. Later experiences alleged the existence of state doping on the 2014 Sochi Games.
Russia escaped a blanket ban on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and there, too, tensions arose between the Russians and different opponents who branded them cheats.
The Court of Arbitration (CAS) is ready to ship a ruling on Friday, the day of the Games’ opening ceremony, on the appeals filed by 47 Russian athletes and coaches over their exclusion from Pyeongchang by the IOC. Two further appeals have been additionally filed by Russian athletes and coaches, CAS stated on Thursday.
Pozdnyakov stated he couldn’t touch upon the continued hearings, however that he can be glad to see further members of the Russian delegation in Pyeongchang.
Members of the Russian delegation should observe an IOC code of conduct stopping them from utilizing the Russian flag and nationwide colours and requiring them to fly an Olympic flag as an alternative. They are additionally suggested towards utilizing nationwide symbols on social media.
If they observe this code and meet different situations, the IOC has stated it could enable the Russians to make use of their nationwide flag on the closing ceremony.
Pozdnyakov stated the members of his delegation have been conscious of the code and would comply.
When requested if he anticipated the Russian tricolor to reemerge on the closing ceremony, he stated: “Of course. We do our best.”
Additional reporting by Iain Axon; Editing by Mark Bendeich