Russian President Dmitry Medvedev Has Demanded The Country’s Sports Officials Resign Following Russia’s Disappointing Performance In The Winter Olympics.

Posted By on March 1, 2010

March 1, 2010 | 11:55 am

One of the most-anticipated reactions of the Vancouver Games appears to have taken off.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has demanded the country’s sports officials resign following Russia’s disappointing performance in the Winter Olympics. In a televised statement, Medvedev told officials to resign before the government would force them out.

“Those who bear the responsibility for Olympics preparations should carry that responsibility. It’s totally clear,” Medvedev said. “I think that the individuals responsible, or several of them, who answer for these preparations, should take the courageous decision to hand in their notice. If we don’t see such decisiveness, we will help them.”

Medvedev’s reaction was somewhat expected considering Russia’s reputation as a Winter Olympics power. Russian officials were hoping to win 30 medals at the Vancouver Games. Instead, the country took home 15, including three gold medals, to finish sixth in the medal count — its lowest ranking in post-Soviet history.

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