Dmitry Chernyshenko has said "ill-wishers" did not succeed in isolating Russia ©Getty Images

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Chernyshenko, has said sport in the country has not been effectively isolated, despite the sanctions brought upon the country for its involvement in the invasion of Ukraine.

He spoke of the results in 2022 - particularly citing the country's performance at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, which took place just before the war - and the organised "We Are Together. Sports" events held with Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

Athletes from Belarus face similar sanctions to Russians for their nation's assistance in the invasion, as recommended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to International Federations.

"We participated in the Beijing Olympics, won 32 medals," said Chernyshenko, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

"We will continue to be proud of this performance, we compensated for the injustice with the Paralympians with the winter and summer games, We Are Together. Sports. 

"There is no question of any comprehensive isolation of Russia, our ill-wishers did not succeed. 

"Such a policy did not produce any results, it only deprived the tournaments of entertainment and objectivity.

"Next year we set the lower bar for 13,000 competitions in the country."

Russia was banned from Paralympic Games, including Beijing 2022, by the International Paralympic Committee ©Getty Images
Russia was banned from Paralympic Games, including Beijing 2022, by the International Paralympic Committee ©Getty Images

Less than a month after the invasion and subsequent sanctions, We Are Together. Sports was held in Khanty-Mansiysk from March 18 to 21 for winter Para athletes, with a summer edition held in Sochi from October 2 to 9.

This was in place of Russia and Belarus' omission from the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics, shortly before the start of competition.

He also echoed plans to work more with nations related to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - mostly made up of former Soviet states and China - and the BRICS nations of Brazil, India, China and South Africa, while working with the IOC to be reinstated with the Paris 2024 Olympics on the horizon.

Chernyshenko, who was the President and chief executive of Sochi 2014, added that sports development was underway in the "new territories", which are internationally recognised as part of Ukraine.

"The issue of redistributing funds for assistance and restoration of infrastructure in new territories is being worked out," said Chernyshenko, who had his Olympic Order stripped by the IOC following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

"Since February, about 1,400 athletes and over 200 coaches from new territories, 28 regions, participated in sports competitions. 

"On an equal footing with all other subjects, they were awarded sports ranks and titles, it is important that integration occurs faster."

Although Ukraine has re-captured places like the port city of Kherson, the greater Kherson Oblast and Zaporozhye regions remain under occupancy, as well as Donetsk and Luhansk, who have self-proclaimed as republics.