The Danish Ministry for Culture: Suspension of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics is a strong decision – and the right decision

On Tuesday December 5th, the IOC – International Olympic Committee - decided to suspend Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea. With support from the NOC/Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF) and Anti-doping Denmark, the Danish Minister for Culture, Mette Bock, supports the IOC-decision.

Denmark’s Minister for Culture, Mette Bock, states:

“IOC’s decision to suspend Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang in South Korea is a strong decision – and the right decision. In particular, I take into consideration that the IOC has suspended “the system of Russia” while allowing the clean Russian athletes to compete under the Olympic Flag at the Winter Olympics. The decision shows that the IOC stands guard when it comes to clean sports as well as clean athletes. And the decision is in line with the new international anti-doping rules adopted by the World Anti-Doping Agency in November of this year, which will come into force on April 1st 2018.” 

The CEO of the NOC/Sports Confederation of Denmark (DIF), Morten Mølholm, states:

“I have a tremendous respect for the IOC. Only few international organizations have the courage to challenge as powerful a nation as Russia. The IOC’s decision is not carried by subjective international political considerations. The decision is carried by a genuine concern that the fight against doping lies in the heart of the Olympic Movement; and that an assault against the core-value of sports should rightfully be severely punished. In the NOC/Sports Confederation of Denmark, we have a lot of respect for the bravery of IOC – even though we had hoped that the IOC would have come to that conclusion before the Summer Olympics in Rio in 2016”.

The CEO of Anti-doping Denmark, Michael Ask, states:

“Several reports have uncovered institutionalized doping in Russia and the Russian nation’s intentional attempt to circumvent the international anti-doping rules. Anti Doping Denmark is positive that the IOC has taken on it responsibility and ensured that the actions of Russia has been sanctioned. Also, I am happy that IOC with its decision shows its confidence in the anti-doping system’s assessment of the individual Russian athletes. It looks promising for the upcoming effort to strengthen the international anti-doping system.” 

Background:

IOC’s Executive Board’s decisions:

  • To suspend the Russian Olympic Committee from the IOC and suspend the President of the Committee, Alexander Zhukov, as IOC-member.
  • To invite individual athletes of Russia, who have not been sanctioned for violating the anti-doping rules and who have been tested sufficient prior to the games, to compete as “Olympic Russian Athletes” under the Olympic Flag.
  • To exclude from any participation in all future Olympic Games the Minister for Sports of Russia (at the time), Mr. Mutko, and the Vice Minister for Sports of Russia (at the time), Mr. Nagornykh.
  • To not accredit representatives from the Russian Ministry of Sport to the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang in South Korea.
  • The Russian Olympic Committee to reimburse the costs incurred by the IOC on the investigations and to contribute to the establishment of the Independent Testing Authority (ITA) for the total sum of USD 15 million, to build the capacity and integrity of the global anti-doping system. 

Link to the press release of IOC with link to IOC’s Executive Boards decision and the Schmid-commissions report

Further information

The Danish Ministry of Culture Media Desk: +45 22 76 51 16

CEO NOC/Sports Confederation of Denmark, Morten Mølholm: +45 21 66 37 74

CEO of Anti-doping Denmark, Michael Ask: +45 25 55 10 14