COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. – The United States and Russia, two of the most successful sporting nations in the world, signed a sport cooperation agreement on Saturday in Copenhagen, Denmark, promoting friendship and understanding between the two countries.
The agreement was signed by the presidents of both National Olympic Committees – U.S. Olympic Committee President Larry Probst and Russian NOC President Leonid Tyagachev – at the Bella Center in Copenhagen during the Olympic Congress.
Also present at the signing ceremony from Russia was Alexander Jukov, Deputy Prime Minister; Teimuraz Ramiashvili, Russian Ambassador to Denmark; Viktor Khotochkin, NOC 1st Vice President; Vladimir Vasin, NOC Vice President; and Leonid Miroshnichenko, Deputy Secretary General. Attending from the USOC were Stephanie Streeter, Acting Secretary General; Norman Bellingham, Chief Operating Officer; Robert Fasulo, Chief of International Relations; Carolina Bayon, Director of International Cooperation and Policy; and Dragomir Cioroslan, Director of International Development and Strategies.
"Russia has made very important contributions to the Olympic Movement and this agreement underlines the USOC's determination to continue to work together with our international counterparts to strengthen the Olympic Movement," Probst said. "From the performances of our athletes on the field of play, to our coaching and administration systems, to the organization of the Olympic Games, our countries have a lot to learn from each other, and we look forward to working together with our Russian friends to support our mutual development and goals."
"This agreement between the U.S. and Russian Olympic Committees will contribute to the advancement of our NOCs and their development, but also to the betterment of sport in the world," Tyagachev said. "America is a friend of Russia both on and off the field of play, and we look forward to working very closely together with the USOC to share our experiences, exchange ideas and opinions, and mutually support each other in the upcoming years, especially in view of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi."
The philosophy and spirit of the agreement is to promote mutual understanding through exchanges of experience, best practices and resources. The ROC and USOC will also support each other in various international activities and programs of common interest.
Both parties will also encourage regular visits, communication and cooperation in such areas as coaching, referees, experts in sport, researchers, sport and event management, marketing, sport science and medicine.
Both the U.S. and Russia agree that it is necessary to exchange information and research studies to strengthen cooperation in the fight against doping and other unsportsmanlike behaviors.
The agreement was signed both in English and Russian and is valid until December 2014.
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