Vancouver does not believe in tears
¹ 3-4 (2010)
Though, it was obvious, they were reached, in many respects, thanks to the Soviet reserve. With every year success of our athletes on world scenes were becoming poorer, but officials from sports still searched and found «the objective reasons» instead of drawing conclusions and trying to return the lost positions. Or fairly admit and announce, that it is impossible in the nearest future, because of extremely neglected situation in branch. Meanwhile, populism and bent for facile optimism prevailed once again. Before opening of XXI winter Games, fans had been assured, that our team went for the first place. The error was not even statistical the whole ten positions
For these four months answers to both classical questions were got: who is guilty in the Canadian fiasco of Russia and what to do in order to avoid relapse? Leonid Tyagachev, dozen heads of federations and head coaches were retired; Vitaly Mutko with a part of his team have marvellously kept their posts and now show unprecedented activity. It's a pity, that the priorities of development of sports of the higher achievements, sounded practically at once, appeared
According to the results of VCIOM poll, for Russi it is more important to perform successfully on domestic Games, rather than to spend them adequately, 53% of respondents against 39%. Vancouver does not believe in tears. Sochi will not believe all the more.
Author: Maksim Fyodorov, editor-in-chief of the Publishing House «MediaYug»