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ROC President on Youth Olympics: Attitude Toward Russian Athletes Has Changed

BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) - Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdnyakov said Saturday that he believed that there would be no provocations against Russian athletes during the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics.

"I have held about 10 meetings, official ones alone, including with the representatives of national committees, three of them are our opponents. And I can state that the attitude toward Russian athletes has changed… I do not expect any provocations at the youth level, especially taking into account, that children are less susceptible to political game than their adult colleagues," Pozdnyakov said.

The Olympics rings are seen on a fence in front of the Russian Olympic Committee building in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 24, 2016. - Sputnik International
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