Two countries are experiencing difficulties with the transportation of biathlon rifles and cartridges for the upcoming 1st Winter 'Children of Asia' International Sports Games, which will be held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk from February 8 to 17, the Head of the Sakhalin Customs, Viktor Kholichev, said at a press conference on Thursday.
“We still have such a problematic issue. The organizational headquarters resolves it. One must have permission of a certain form to bring weapons into the territory of Russia. So far, they do not have this permission,” he said, explaining that this applies to the national teams of the two countries, which he refused to name.
The Head of Customs said that on January 22 a large training was held at the airport of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to receive foreign national teams participating in the ‘Children of Asia’ Games, during which "this question was asked."
“Customs and all those involved in controlling the importation of weapons are trying to resolve this issue, to help the organizers, to tell everyone what the mechanism is, what the procedure is for obtaining permits from the Russian Federal National Guard Troops Service for the importation of weapons. In any case, the Sakhalin customs will provide maximum assistance,” said Kholichev.
When asked by journalists about the possible disruption of the participation of two teams in the biathlon, he said that “everything is being done to ensure that the competitions are held at a decent level."
As reported, representatives of 20 countries will take part in the first Winter ‘Children of Asia’ Games: more than 1.3 thousand athletes, 600 judges, 1 thousand volunteers. 91 sets of medals in eight sports will be awarded: cross-country skiing and biathlon, short track, figure skating, hockey, downhill skiing and snowboarding, ski jumping.
The first ‘Children of Asia’ Winter Games is the only sports project in Russia, held under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The competitions in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk will be a preparatory stage for the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games to be held in Lausanne.