Sports minister, Vitali Mutko appreciated the performance of the Russian Olympic team at the Games in London, where our team ranks only 9th in the medal standings.
"Of course, there are sports that have not quite justified our hopes. In rowing and canoeing, shooting, cycle racing, where a lot of medals are up for grabs, we do not realize our potential. We will have to make serious decisions on how to further develop them, to gain strength in order that by the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil we could compete with other countries. Where we are is now an objective place. Now those sports begin where we can improve our situation.
Traditionally, we are successors to the Soviet national team. Of course, fans have the right to expect a more serious outcome from us. But, of course, it is not easy to win medals. We need to make our teams more open, to raise interest in them inside the country. Colleagues from Great Britain have behaved like this since the first days: they supported any athlete who reached the finals, interviewed him, talked about him, created from him a person who has already committed some deed by reaching the final of the Olympic Games. We however see only a gold medal.
— If Russia's results after the London Games end will be not high enough, a question may arise about your resignation.
— You are kind of bloodthirsty. I neither swim nor shoot; my goal is to provide conditions Today, the conditions have been created. But to win the Olympic Games, we need both science, medicine, and pharmacology. You don't think today it's easy – an Olympic medal? For four years judoists have been training closely to the public to show a phenomenal result. They are provided with everything. And you will not find any team that did not have problems in terms of training. Such is the development level of half the sports today; there are the country's best athletes here, and we are talking about resignations. And if I had not done something, it would have been known to everyone."