The successor of Alexander Zhukov President of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) may be a triple Olympic champion in Greco-Roman wrestling Aleksandr Karelin. About it reports TV channel RT, referring to its sources in the ROC. It is noted that a similar reshuffle in the near future unlikely.
49-year-old Karelin previously ran for the state Duma from the party “United Russia”. According to colleagues, the triple Olympic champion in wrestling very seriously its legislative work.
According to the TV station, despite the huge prestige in the world of sport, Karelin never held posts at any sports federations or ROC, just after his career started political career.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on 11 October at a meeting of the presidential Council on physical fitness and sports reported that Zhukov wants to focus on legislative work in State Duma, where he received the chair of first Deputy Chairman.
A day later, press Secretary head of state Dmitry Peskov said that while the candidate on a post of the head OKR Zhukov is not defined.
Despite claims to Zhukov that in the coming year, he will not leave d, so that the country is not lost on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), in press, potential candidates for his seat have not diminished.
Among those was called and the famous pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, who previously was going to run for President of all-Russian athletics Federation (vfla). Another possible contender for President of the ROC consider the Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov.