Putin’s sanctions on Russian sport have been in place for a long time, and Fedor Emelianenko hopes that they don’t last forever.
It was announced that Russian athletes will be suspended due to the country’s involvement in a doping scandal. Fedor Emelianenko commented on this announcement and shared his opinion on Russia’s Okko MMA: That’s Just Sports.
Amid sanctions on Russian athletes, the 45-year-old heavyweight fighter expressed hope that the sanctions will not last forever. He also noted that international championships without competition are inferior because they lack Russian athletes.
The fighter from Russia said that in order to work with other countries, the country needs to start adapting. “We hope that the countries that imposed sanctions come to their senses,” Emelianenko concluded.
Researchers found that the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, or IMMAF, suspended Russia and Belarus from federations affiliated with them due to doping concerns. As a result, Russian fighters could not participate in the Super Bowl of MMA in Bahrain.
In professional wrestling, Russian wrestlers did not feel discrimination. In the UFC, they expressed their desire to have a mixed martial arts tournament with Russian fighters. The heavyweight Alexander Volkov has headlined the UFC twice since March as a result.