The Russian Olympic team unveiled new uniformsbearing the logo of the Russian Olympic Committee instead of the country’s flagDesigned by ZASPORT, the new uniforms feature three flamesin the colors of the national flag with Olympic rings below them(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) DESIGNER ANASTASIA ZADORINA, SAYING: "For me, it is a great honor to produce the uniforms for our Russian team and to be its representative. I wish our athletes luck and victory. And of course, we are supporting them."Russian athletes are barred from competing under their flag until 2022following an anti-doping ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PRESIDENT, STANISLAV POZDNYAKOV, SAYING: "We exchanged opinions with our colleagues. The collection did not disappoint the fans or the athletes. On the contrary, it will become our lucky star for the Tokyo games.”
The Russian flag is barred from the Olympics in a doping dispute. You wouldn’t know it to look at the Russian uniforms.
As the Tokyo Olympics approach, there are still several questions and concerns, particularly involving COVID-19 and international rollout of vaccines.