Medvedev fires two sports officials

09:49, March 26, 2010      

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Russian president Dmitry Medvedev sacked two sports officials Thursday, who were blamed to be responsible for Russia's disappointing performance at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Vladimir Loginov, president of the Russian Ski Race Federation, and Valentin Piseyev, head of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, were sacked from the Presidential Council for the development of physical culture and sport and sporting excellence, and the organization of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics as well as the 2013 Kazan Summer Universiade.

Loginov, a senior official of Russian Olympic Committee, submitted his resignation to the Ski Race Federation on March 22. Loginov said he was willing to quit since he failed to help the Russian team perform well at the recent Games.

Meanwhile, the Russian Figure Skating Federation's website said on Wednesday that Piseyev, who have hold the post for 18 years, would not seek for another term. The election for his successor is scheduled on June 4.

Russia suffered its worst Winter Olympic results for decades in Vancouver, winning just three gold medals, five silvers and seven bronzes, and finishing 11th in the overall medal table.

In addition, decades of Russian dominance in figure skating came to a dramatic end as Russian athletes failed to grab any gold medals for the first time since 1964.

Russian Olympic Committee head Leonid Tyagachev resigned on March 3, two days after President Dmitry Medvedev said senior sports officials "should make a courageous decision" and quit over the country's "dismal" showing at the Winter Olympics.

Source: Xinhua
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