ROC Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 is taking place right now. 335 Russian competitors will compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics alongside athletes from all across the world. The Russians, however, are not permitted to use their country’s name, flag, our anthem and must compete under the moniker ROC, which stands for Russian Olympic Committee.
The Russian Olympic Organization (ROC) allows Russian athletes to represent the committee even if they are not allowed to represent their home country.
The acronym ROC must be used instead of the entire name, according to Olympic rules.
You may have noticed a strange abbreviation, ROC if you’ve been watching the Olympics this year.
It stands for the Russian Olympic Committee, and it’s effectively a loophole that allows Russian athletes to compete in the Olympics despite their country’s doping ban.
Following the infamous doping scandal that shocked the sporting world, Russia was barred from competing in the Tokyo Olympics in December 2019.
Although the four-year ban was shortened to two years in 2020, no recognized Russian team would be present at the Tokyo Olympics or the Qatar World Cup in 2022.
As a result of Russia’s refusal to provide data from its Moscow drug laboratory, the International Olympic Committee and the World Anti-Doping Agency have decided to sanction it.
World Anti-Doping Agency
After the World Anti-Doping Agency declared Russia guilty of conducting a state-sponsored doping program, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland banned Russia from international sports until 2022.
Other countries have been barred for various reasons, including Germany and Japan in 1948 for their WWII participation, South Africa during the apartheid era, and Russia in 2020 due to a doping scandal (although individual athletes were ultimately allowed to compete).
The Winter Olympics in 2022 were the ones that no one wanted. Krakow, Poland, Lviv, Ukraine, Oslo, Norway, and Stockholm, Sweden were among the six initial bidders who backed out.
Beijing and Almaty, Kazakhstan — an oppressive country that isn’t exactly a haven of human rights — were the only cities left standing.