Foreign

Putin to attend 2022 Beijing Olympics: minister

Published

on

Putin to attend 2022 Beijing Olympics: minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to China for next year’s winter Olympic Games, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday, while Moscow remains under penalties for state-sponsored doping.

“Putin with delight has accepted the invitation of Xi Jinping to visit the Winter Olympic Games in February 2022,” Lavrov said during a meeting with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Tajikistan.

The highest court in sports last year banned Russia from international competitions for two years as punishment for its state-backed doping programme at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

However, some Russian athletes are allowed to compete as neutrals — without using the Russian flag or anthem — if they can prove their doping record is clean.

Russian officials, including Putin, are also banned from attending international competitions unless invited by the head of state of the host country.

Lavrov said he hopes Putin and Xi can meet in person and that Russian and Chinese athletes “will once against demonstrate their high sporting and personal qualities”, according to the TASS news agency.

More than 300 Russian competitors took part in this year’s summer Tokyo Olympics as neutral athletes.

They brought home 20 golds, ranking fifth in the medals tally.

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be held from February 4-20 in China’s capital Beijing and in the neighbouring Hebei province.



Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3Ci7

NNN

NNN: :is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor @ nnn.ng

Recent Posts

CSCS board renews Jalo-Waziri’s appointment for another 5 years Scam Alert: NNPC disclaims fake 50th anniversary quiz contest Erdogan begins 2-day official visit to Nigeria Oct.19 Facebook to settle U.S. employment discrimination claims with $14.25m Buhari greets Yakubu Gowon at 87 Coronavirus – Malawi: UK emergency medical team provides COVID-19 support and training to health workers in Malawi Buni approves 65 years as retirement age for Yobe teachers El-Rufai makes COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for all Kaduna civil servants Gunmen kill 2 traditional rulers in Imo NSCDC begins psychological assessment of its personnel – Official Buhari hosts Turkish President Erdogan, wife At Maulud, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi says Nigerians are suffering from hunger, poverty, insecurity The African Broadcasting Union (AUB) and Canal + tackle piracy of television signals Snakebite victims in danger as cost of anti-snake venom hits roof Nigeria in dire shortage of pharmacists – PCN Buhari greets Yakubu Gowon at 87 UNESCO delivers religious leaders’ toolkit on adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights Virologist wants upgrade of new malaria vaccine Tinubu 2023: APC gives letter of recognition to NDA WFP and Japanese government team up to help people in need in Cameroon Living and thriving, thanks to the Sudan Humanitarian Fund Maulud: Fintiri felicitates with Muslims, calls for prayers Djibouti deploys COVID-19 vaccines for migrants Maulud: Sanwo-Olu urges Muslims to emulate Prophet Muhammad Rwanda: crackdown on opposition, media intensify Police to investigate officer allegedly caught casting vote at Kano APC congress  “I see changes in people’s lives”: King Letsie III of Lesotho hails FAO’s work in Lesotho NASME lauds CAC RG for promoting  MSMEs Nigerian troops kill over 50 terrorists in Birnin Gwari Billboard Top 100: Wizkid’s ‘Essence’ climbs up to number nine Federal varsity Lafia denies students abduction   1 dies, 2 rescued as 2-storey building collapses in Lagos Police arrest 3 armed robbery suspects in Ogun African Energy Ministers to travel from African Energy Week in Cape Town to ADIPEC in Abu Dhabi COVID-19 vaccines safe, shun conspiracy theories – ECOWAS Speaker Maulud: Akeredolu felicitates with Muslims, preaches forgiveness, unity Orbih returns as Sports Ministry inaugurates Caretaker Committee for Badminton Federation UBEC earmarks N32m to support 31 schools in Katsina Housing development will boost economy, increase job creation–LASG #Endsars Anniversary: Stakeholders call for re-training of security agents Desist from drug abuse; it destroys lives – NDLEA warns students New sensor unit for the imagePRESS C910 series increases productivity by automating color registration and calibration Japanese Govt. earmarks $260,000 to combat piracy, kidnapping in Gulf of Guinea NEMA distributes fertilizers, seeds to 7,146 flood victims in Zamfara APC registers 1 million members in Zamfara – Committee Afreximbank Fifth Annual Babacar Ndiaye Conference: The Importance of Science, Technology and Innovation in Transforming African Economies Under AfCFTA Kanye West officially changes name to Ye Flooding in South Sudan wreaks havoc on vulnerable communities Australian High Commissioner to Seychelles pays courtesy visit to Minister Radegonde Nigeria: a year later, no justice for the crackdown on #EndSARS