Tyagachev resigns as head of Russian Olympic Committee

Following the threat of President Dmitry Medvedev that sports officials would be fired if they failed to resign voluntarily, Leonid Tyagachev resigns as head of... More Below... Posted by on Mar 4th, 2010 and filed under 2010 Olympics.

Following the threat of President Dmitry Medvedev that sports officials would be fired if they failed to resign voluntarily, Leonid Tyagachev resigns as head of the Russian Olympic Committee.

The resignation was, of course, due to Russia’s all-time worst performance at the recently concluded Winter Olympics held in Vancouver.

Leonid Tyagachev was a former sports minister. He took over as head of the Russian Olympic Committee in 2001.

Gennady Shvets was cited by news agencies Interfax and ITAR-Tass as saying that Tyagachev tendered his resignation and that “This obviously concerns the Russian athletes’ performance at the Vancouver Olympic Games.”

Prior to the opening of the Olympics, officials said they were looking at scoring 30 medals and a top-three finish in the medal standings. Instead, Russia, the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics (in Sochi) brought home a total of 15 medals, only 3 of which were gold.

(story and image from Yahoo News)