4 Mar 2010

Russia Olympic boss quits over poor medal haul

12:51 pm on 4 March 2010

The head of Russia's Olympic Committee has stepped down after the nation recorded its worst performance at the Winter Games.

Leonid Tyagachyov resigned after Russia finished with just three golds and finished 11th in the medals table at the Vancouver Games.

At the Turin games in 2006, Russia was in the top five, with 22 medals, including eight golds,

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev earlier this week called on Russia's senior sports officials to resign, likening the sports federations to fat cats.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are to be held in Russia's Black Sea resort of Sochi.