Russia's Olympic chief 'sure' of Tokyo 2020 participation

Russia was banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year.

Russia was banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.   -  AP

The president of the Russian Olympic Committee is "sure" Russia will be allowed to participate in the next Olympic Games because of its efforts in fighting doping.

“We constantly work on improving anti-doping culture in Russia, on anti-doping education,” Russia's Olympic chief Stanislav Pozdnyakov told a press conference in Moscow on Wednesday.

“I am sure that all our initiatives concerning this subject will allow our Olympic athletes to participate in the next Olympics.”

Tokyo is due to host the next Olympics in 2020.

Pozdnyakov also presented a training programme for Russian athletes to take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Russia was banned from participating in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics earlier this year over what international authorities believed to be a state-sponsored cheating programme.

A team of World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was in Moscow this week to conduct an audit of the Russian anti-doping agency RUSADA.

Pozdnyakov was elected as the head of the Russian Olympic Committee in May this year and pledged to “restore trust” in doping-tainted Russian sport.