Make that four Russian sports officials to resign due to poor Olympic performance

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 24, 2010 6:43 am

On Monday, we reported that the president of the Russian cross-country skiing federation, Vladimir Loginov, resigned. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev basically called for the resignation of all sports officials involved with the poor performance of the Russian Olympic team. The country, which is hosting the next round of Winter Games, only brought home three gold medals and 15 overall. They made it clear how embarrassed they were about that.

Following the resignation of Loginov, Russian Olympic Committee president Leonid Tyagachev and deputy sports minister Gennady Alyoshin followed suit.

Now, we’re learning that the head of Russia’s freestyle skiing federation, Alexander Cherkasov, resigned late yesterday. That makes four resignations. The federation’s vice president, Levi Kofman, said that “Cherkasov felt that he had no other choice than to step down”. Kofman wanted the press to realize that the country’s top freestylists had been injured during the Games.

Many expect Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko to be the next to resign, although he has said Russia should not be expected to compete in such “non-traditional” events like freestyle skiing (aerials, moguls, ski cross). Mutko has said he will resign, but has not done so yet.