Russian Olympic official says ban doesn't apply to him - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Russian Olympic official says ban doesn't apply to him

Posted: Updated:
(AP Photo/Stephen Wade). Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the head of the Russian delegation, talks to reporters Thursday, Feb. 8, 21018, prior to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP Photo/Stephen Wade). Stanislav Pozdnyakov, the head of the Russian delegation, talks to reporters Thursday, Feb. 8, 21018, prior to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Former lawmaker accused of lying to FBI about $5K kickback

    Former lawmaker accused of lying to FBI about $5K kickback

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:34 PM EST2018-02-22 18:34:07 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:47 PM EST2018-02-22 18:47:36 GMT
    A former New York assemblyman and Long Island county official has been charged with obstructing justice in a corruption probe.More
    A former New York assemblyman and Long Island county official has been charged with obstructing justice in a corruption probe.More
  • Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp

    Superagers' youthful brains offer clues to keeping sharp

    Thursday, February 22 2018 7:44 AM EST2018-02-22 12:44:14 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:45 PM EST2018-02-22 18:45:33 GMT
    (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). Bill Gurolnick walks with his wife, Peggy Bartelstein, near their home in Northbrook, Ill., on Feb. 20, 2018. Gurolnick, who turns 87 in March 2018, thinks his own stellar memory is bolstered by keeping busy. He bikes, and p...(AP Photo/Teresa Crawford). Bill Gurolnick walks with his wife, Peggy Bartelstein, near their home in Northbrook, Ill., on Feb. 20, 2018. Gurolnick, who turns 87 in March 2018, thinks his own stellar memory is bolstered by keeping busy. He bikes, and p...
    Scientists are peering into the brains of "superagers" in the hope of finding ways to protect others from memory loss.More
    Scientists are peering into the brains of "superagers" in the hope of finding ways to protect others from memory loss.More
  • Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

    Pennsylvania congressional map battle lands in Supreme Court

    Thursday, February 22 2018 12:13 AM EST2018-02-22 05:13:47 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:45 PM EST2018-02-22 18:45:24 GMT
    Pa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district mapPa Supreme Court draws a 'much more competitive' district map
    A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.More
    A request by Republican leaders in the Pennsylvania Legislature to stop a new congressional map from being implemented is now in the hands of the nation's highest court.More

By STEPHEN WADE
AP Sports Writer

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Russian Olympic Committee is suspended from the Winter Games, yet its vice president was working in Pyeongchang on Thursday with Russian athletes, just the latest loophole found in the ban.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov spoke to reporters in the Olympic press center, explaining the ban doesn't apply to him.

For the Pyeongchang Games, Pozdnyakov is the head of the delegation of the "Olympic Athletes from Russia," the no-flag, neutral delegation of 168 athletes that the International Olympic Committee has allowed to compete. Fifty-one more Russian athletes have appealed their bans for doping before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. A ruling is expected on Friday.

"You have to read attentively the decision of the IOC," Pozdnyakov explained, going through the ins-and-outs of the ruling.

"The IOC decision says that the Russian Olympic Committee is suspended," Pozdnyakov acknowledged. "The president and the general secretary for the Russian Olympic Committee are not able to participate in these games. But (there's) nothing about the vice president or other staff members of the Russian Olympic Committee."

Team spokesman Konstantin Vybornov said the Russian "staff was appointed by the IOC as a separate team," a move to allow top Russian officials to lead their delegation.

In an email to The Associated Press, the IOC said Pozdnyakov was in charge to ensure "that the clean Russian athletes competing here are given proper support."

Pozdnyakov said there was no "medal target" for the Olympics, and he declined to speculate about the appeals before the sports tribunal.

"I'll be glad if additional members of our delegation will be at these games," he said.

Russia's team will be one of the largest in Pyeongchang; smaller than it was four years ago at home in Sochi, and a similar size to the team in Vancouver in 2010.

An Olympic volunteer will carry the Olympic flag when Russia marches into the stadium on Friday. The IOC has said it would lift the ban if Russians follow the "letter and spirit" of the law. This would allow Russia to march under its own national flag at the closing ceremony.

Asked to express his sentiments about the ban, Pozknyakov declined.

"I cannot comment," he said, "because I accepted an invitation of the International Olympic Committee."

He said Russians have been told to behave - no Russian flags, no criticism of the IOC, no protests.

"We already gave advice to them, guidelines of behavior by the IOC," Pozdnyakov said. "But we cannot include in these guidelines the thousands of probable situations. I know that everybody from our delegation knows about the rules and is ready to respect them."

Pozdnyakov repeated the goal: to march in the closing ceremony under Russia's flag - not the five-ring, Olympic version.

"The general idea at the end," Pozdnyakov said, "is to get the Russian flag in the closing ceremony."

___

For more AP Olympics coverage: http://wintergames.ap.org

___

Stephen Wade on Twitter: http://twitter.com/StephenWadeAP

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • InternationalMore>>

  • Want an evening out with Trump Jr? You're probably too late

    Want an evening out with Trump Jr? You're probably too late

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:13 AM EST2018-02-22 09:13:56 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:46 PM EST2018-02-22 18:46:41 GMT
    (AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...(AP Photo). The eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. , center, stands in front of Trump Towers after its inauguration in Pune, India, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. Donald Trump Jr. said any talk that his family was profiting from his...
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More
    Want an evening out with Donald Trump Jr.? Sorry, even if you have an extra $39,000 it's probably too late to buy a "conversation and dinner" with the eldest son of the American president as he visits India.More
  • UNICEF official resigns after allegations made

    UNICEF official resigns after allegations made

    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:34 PM EST2018-02-22 18:34:55 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:46 PM EST2018-02-22 18:46:32 GMT
    A senior official at UNICEF has resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an early stint at Save The Children.More
    A senior official at UNICEF has resigned after allegations of inappropriate behavior during an early stint at Save The Children.More
  • In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

    In Syria, a father says last goodbye to dead child

    Thursday, February 22 2018 4:53 AM EST2018-02-22 09:53:59 GMT
    Thursday, February 22 2018 1:46 PM EST2018-02-22 18:46:31 GMT
    (Ghouta Media Center via AP). This frame grab from video provided on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man...(Ghouta Media Center via AP). This frame grab from video provided on Wednesday Feb. 21, 2018 by the Syrian anti-government activist group Ghouta Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man...
    A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child in a moment captured on video, before the shelling starts again.More
    A father saying his last goodbye to his dead child in a moment captured on video, before the shelling starts again.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices