What does ROC stand for in Tokyo 2020? Is Russia barred from the Olympics, and how does EOR differ?
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games officially begin today at 12 p.m. with the opening ceremony (BST).
Athletes from all around the world will walk out with their countries at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony today, but others will compete under the ROC banner. Express Sport has all the details on who ROC is and why no Russian flags will be flying at this year’s Olympics.
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Yes, in a word. In December 2019, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) charged Russia with systematic doping.
For the first four years, all athletes were barred from competing in international competition in any sport.
RUSADA, the Russian anti-doping organization, subsequently filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which resulted in the sentence being halved.
However, the ban prohibited Russia from participation in the Olympics, despite a settlement with the International Olympic Committee that allowed Russian competitors to compete in Tokyo 2020.
They will, however, not compete under the Russian flag and will be referred to as “neutral athletes.”
With athletes subjected to stringent drug tests, there will be no Russian national anthem.
Russian competitors competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics under the name OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia), although this has changed to ROC for Tokyo 2020.
Russian competitors will compete under the ROC (Russian Olympic Committee) acronym.
A flag with the Olympic rings and three flames will fly instead of the Russian flag if any of ROC’s 303 athletes win a medal during the Games.
If they win a gold medal, the Olympic theme will be played instead of Russia’s national song.
Athletes may wear Russian-themed tracksuits, but they must not include the word “Russia” on them.
The EOR athletes differ significantly from their Russian counterparts.
The acronym EOR stands for “Equipe olympique des refugies,” which translates to “Olympic Refugee Team” in French.
After receiving sponsorship from the International Olympic Committee, the Olympic Refugee Team competed for the first time at Rio 2016. (IOC).
When they go out for the opening ceremony, EOR will have 29 competitors competing in 12 different sports, all of whom will be wearing the Olympic flag.