20 October 2023, 10:37
The head of the organizing committee of the Friendship Games, Alexey Sorokin, spoke about the criteria for including a sport in the program of the Friendship Games.
“15 countries is an absolutely normal figure, we don’t see it as very tough, a higher bar was initially discussed. In addition, the participating countries overlap, we are not talking about 15 states multiplied by the number of sports. We are targeting numbers in over 100 countries.
We hope we achieve this. We will invite athletes based on ratings, achievements at the latest world and continental championships, and possibly at national championships – everything will depend on the situation in specific sports, it is very different. But there will be no division by country, bloc or influence.
Some elite athletes will finish their careers at the Games in Paris and will be able to come to us after resting. The period for recovery – a month – is quite adequate.
The deadlines are tight, and I must admit, this is a challenge. Usually, much more time is allocated for preparation of tournaments of this scale. But the situation is this, we will work,” Sorokin said, answering a question from an RT correspondent.
Earlier, Sorokin expressed hope that the project would be held every two years, alternating winter and summer tournaments.
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