“Something I liked somewhere.” Olympic taekwondo champions from Russia were unable to participate in the World Championships
Tatyana Postnikova May 24, 2023, 13:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Maxim Khramtsov and Vladislav Larin will miss the main tournament of the year. Eligible athletes will be required to sign a declaration.
On May 29, the World Taekwondo Championships begin in Baku. The Russians were allowed to enter the tournament in a neutral state. But not all: the main stars of our taekwondo, the Tokyo Olympic champions Maxim Khramtsov and Vladislav Larin will not be able to go to the capital of Azerbaijan. They were simply not allowed to participate in the tournament.
On April 3, the Council of the World Taekwondo Federation decided to allow Russians and Belarusians to participate in international competitions, following the recommendations of the IOC. From that moment on, the issue of the performance of our athletes at the 2023 World Championships began to be resolved. Then the head coach of the Russian national team Vadim Ivanov said that there were no athletes among the Olympians who had contracts with the law. enforcement agencies.
“I don’t know how this will be interpreted or who will interpret it, but we are talking about the fact that we do not have contract soldiers. Our athletes have an agreement that they are CSKA instructor athletes,” Ivanov told TASS. – That is, among the Olympic athletes who won medals, no one has a contract with the armed forces. Yes, we have several athletes, winners and laureates of the European Championships, who have contracts of this type.
IOC on the conditions for the admission of Russians:
Athletes from Russia were allowed to compete. But who would agree to such wild conditions?
It seemed that there should be no problem. And they really didn’t exist. According to the organizers of the 2023 World Cup, 23 athletes have been provisionally admitted to the tournament in neutral status. 14 from Russia and 9 from Belarus. As CSKA athletes, Olympic silver medalist in the category up to 57 kg Tatyana Minina and Olympic bronze medalist in the category up to 58 kg Mikhail Artamonov will calmly go to the competitions in Baku.
All athletes were verified for compliance with the IOC requirements in three stages: first, the national association and the continental union did it, then the athlete himself or his representative confirmed the data about himself, and then the final evaluation of the athlete was carried out. athlete. given by a special employee.
Already upon arrival in Baku, all athletes who meet the requirements will have to sign a statement “on compliance with the conditions of participation.”
Photo: RIA Novosti
“I do not know the reason”
Only two athletes were denied admission to the 2023 World Cup, as they “do not meet the eligibility criteria”. Edition Inside the Games revealed that they were Olympic champions Maxim Khramtsov and Vladislav Larin.
The reason for the non-admission of the Olympic champions was their support for a special military operation. TASS also writes about the same version, citing an anonymous source.
“Larin and Khramtsov were not allowed the first time, there was an additional commission,” the source said. She was a few days ago. They asked questions about social networks, why something was liked somewhere, somewhere there were some comments or photos.
The Russian athlete became the world champion! In 2023, this is almost unbelievable news.
The Russian Taekwondo Union has already reacted to this news. The executive director of the organization, Gennady Zhigulsky, turned out to be laconic.
“We have just received information that these two athletes have been suspended from the World Championships. What can I say? Apparently, it is beneficial for someone to eliminate competitors without waiting for the start of the competition,” Zhigulsky told TASS.
Maxim Khramtsov also commented on his non-admission to the World Cup.
“Yes, it’s true. What are the reasons? To be honest, I don’t even know. I didn’t delve into it,” admitted the taekwondo player.
Apparently, despite the non-admission of champions, the Russian team will still go to the World Championship, as the judokas did. Although in Russian sports right now there are reverse examples. The fencers refused to participate in international competitions after the refusal of the Olympic champions Sofia Pozdnyakova, Yana Yegoryan and Sofia Velikaya.