Putin to attend the opening of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

16:28, 19 November 2021
Putin to attend the opening of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been invited to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

"Yes, President Putin has an invitation from the Chairman of PRC to visit Beijing on the occasion of the opening of the Olympics. After all details are settled, we will announce the visit together with our Chinese partners," Peskov told reporters on Friday.

Russian athletes are forbidden from competing at big international tournaments, including the Olympics, with the official flag and anthem until December 2022. Russia will compete at the Winter Olympics in February under the name "ROC", an acronym for the Russian Olympic Committee.

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned Vladimir Putin from attending the Olympics and World Championships in the next two years. The CAS decision states that the ban on visiting major tournaments applies to the entire Russian government: ministers and their deputies, the Prime Minister and his deputies, deputies of the Parliament.

However, a personal invitation from the head of state where the tournament will be held is an exception.

The Beijing Olympics will be held between February 4 and 20, while the Paralympic Winter Games will be held on March 4-13.