More reshuffles likely after Russia's Vancouver flop: Medvedev

08:58, March 16, 2010      

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President Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday the Russian sports authorities might face further reshuffles in the wake of the country's poor showing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

"A number of personnel decisions have already been taken, but more will follow," Medvedev said at an awards ceremony for the Russian Olympic team.

"I will convene a meeting of the presidential sports council soon, which is likely to make some decisions on the sports federation in the first place," he was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.

The president urged sports officials to start preparing for future Olympics instead of merely analyzing the mistakes that had been made.

Russia registered its worst performance in Vancouver, taking only three golds, five silvers and seven bronzes to finish 11th for golds and sixth in the overall medal standings.

The head of the Russian Olympic Committee, Leonid Tyagachev resigned on March 3, two days after Medvedev said senior sports officials should quit over the country's dismal performance at the Vancouver Games.

Source: Xinhua
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