Medvedev Says Russian Sports Officials Should Resign Over Olympics

March 3, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for officials in charge of preparing Russian athletes for the Winter Olympics to resign after the country suffered its worst-ever performance in Vancouver. (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has called for officials in charge of preparing Russian athletes for the Winter Olympics to resign after the country suffered its worst-ever performance in Vancouver. (Dmitry Astakhov/AFP/Getty Images)
Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutkov said Tuesday that he is ready to quit over the country's lackluster performance during the Vancouver Olympics.

The minister reacted to President Dmitry Medvedev's criticism about “fat cat” sports bureaucrats. Medvedev said Mutkov should resign over the Russian performance in the Winter Games, calling it a fiasco.

Russia's Olympic team won three gold medals, which constituted the eleventh highest amount earned in the games. This result is the worst ever for the country.

Russia will host the next Winter Olympics Games in Sochi in 2014.

The Moscow Times cited billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who said that Russia shouldn’t trash their hockey team over one loss, referring to their defeat at the hands of the Canada team in the quarterfinals.