Russian Olympians Will Stay Dry During London Games

Russian Olympians Will Stay Dry During London Games

Published: May 21, 2012 (Issue # 1708)

Andrei Makhonin / Vedomosti

Deputy Prime Minister Dmity Kozak is in charge of the Olmypic delegation to London, where the Russian delegation will be banned from consuming alcohol.

Members of Russia’s official Olympic delegation to London will find their summer a bit drier than usual.

Alcoholic drinks will be banned at any event organized by the Russian delegation in which athletes or delegation officials participate, Kommersant reported, citing information from the minutes of a meeting led by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the official in charge of the team’s trip to London.

Kozak representative Ilya Dzhus confirmed the information to Kommersant. “Olympic values are not commensurate with using alcohol,” he said.

The ban applies to the Russian Olympic Committee, the Sochi 2014 organizing committee, the All-Russian Association of Summer Olympic Sports and the company Bosco di Ciliegi, the official outfitter of the Olympic team.

But a federal official in the meeting with Kozak suggested that organizers can make alcoholic beverages available at parties for their corporate clients and sponsors, as long as athletes or members of the official delegation do not participate.

Events hosted by Russia will primarily take place in four “hospitality houses,” including a Russia Sochi Park house across from Royal Albert Hall near Hyde Park that will house the Olympic committee and Sochi 2014.

Bosco, which could operate event space in the Russia Sochi Park house, has said it has not yet decided whether or not it will make alcohol available at their events.

The measures to eliminate alcohol are being taken after Russia’s disappointing haul of only 15 medals in the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games instead of the expected 30 to 50.

In those games, the Russian House gained a reputation as one of the loudest, and vodka from producer Russian Standard was “accessible to all guests, participants and Olympic organizers” at the house, a news release from the company said, Kommersant reported.

The dry law will be in effect from July 27 to Aug. 12.

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