THE Olympic Video games is underway as athletes from all over the world try and deliver glory to their international locations.
However eagle-eyed followers can have discover the abbreviation ROC showing alongside one of many groups.
The ROC staff enter the Tokyo OlympicsCredit score: Sportsfile
What’s ROC and the way did it come about?
ROC stands for Russian Olympic Committee.
303 athletes from Russia are set to compete beneath the Olympic flag moderately than representing Russia as a rustic.
Russia admitted a number of breaches of the game’s anti-doping code and had been fined £7.9million and the information resulted in additional than 100 Russian athletes being barred from the 2016 Summer season Olympics in Rio.
The Russian anti-doping company did attraction to the Court docket of Arbitration for Sport towards WADA sanctions barring Russian groups from competing in or internet hosting worldwide competitions for 4 years – with the suspension being lower down to 2 years, offering they pay £3.5million of the wonderful by July 1 – which they’ve efficiently finished.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee due to this fact paved the best way for Russian athletes to compete as Authorised Impartial Athletes at Tokyo 2020.
Athletes who present unfavourable drug exams are to compete beneath a impartial flag and aren’t allowed to march beneath the Russian flag or put on Russia’s colors or logos.
What package do the ROC athletes should put on? Have they got a nationwide anthem?
If the ROC win any medals, the Olympic theme will play throughout the ceremony as an alternative of the standard Russian nationwide anthem.
Nonetheless, this time round they are going to be allowed to put on tracksuits within the colors of the Russian flag, as long as the phrase “Russia” doesn’t seem.
In 2018, Russian athletes needed to accumulate their medals sporting gray tracksuits.
Anybody from the media should consult with them as “Russian Olympic Committee” – so get your head screwed on for that.
ROC athletes wearing gray sweatsuits for Olympic ceremony on the 2018 Winter Olympic video games in PyeongchangCredit score: EPA
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Has Russia been banned from the Olympic Video games earlier than?
This won’t be the primary time Russian athletes have competed beneath the a impartial banner, as they beforehand did so within the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Again then, they had been referred to as OAR – Olympic Athletes from Russia.
Nonetheless, the title ROC was determined after the Worldwide Olympic Committee determined the phrase “Russia” might now not be used within the staff title.
In 2018, the Paralympic Committee was even stricter, insisting that Russian athletes might solely compete beneath the title NPA – Impartial Paralympic Athletes.
Whereas all Russian athletes have by no means been banned outright, the Soviet Union did boycott the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984.
It’s because the USA boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
To not be confused with the Russians, EOR is the much-celebrated Team of Refugee Olympic Athletes.
It’s an acronym based mostly on the French title for ‘Refugee Olympic Workforce’ – ‘Equipe Olympique des Refugies’.
In 2016, ten women and men who got here from embattled nations like South Sudan and Syria to compete on the Rio Olympics and can achieve this once more this time round.
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