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“They took away my dream of the Olympic Games.” Russian climbers are not happy with their comeback

Date: February 23, 2024 Time: 12:45:12

“They took away my dream of the Olympic Games.” Russian climbers are not happy with their comeback

Batraz Tomaev June 13, 2023, 20:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

The International Federation lifts the suspension, but it does so in such a way that none of our athletes will compete in the 2024 Games.

When Russian athletes were suspended from international competitions, it seemed that the time of their return should be something solemn, if not festive. However, life is different. In the next Olympic sport – rock climbing – they announced the admission of our athletes to international competitions, but this decision did not cause joy.

There are too many unpleasant shades in it.

The main one of them – the Russians were deprived of the Olympic dream.

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“We try to find a balance”

On Monday June 12, the Executive Board of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) released a statement. The organization reported that they approve the start of the admission process for Russian and Belarusian athletes to the international arena, but only from the 2024 season.

To participate in starts under the auspices of the IFSC, you will need to obtain a license confirming neutral status. In accordance with the recommendations of the IOC, those athletes, managers and doctors who are not related to the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation will be able to obtain a pass to the competition.

The president of the international federation, Marco Skolaris, said that the decision to restore the Russian and Belarusian climbers was not easy:

“We understand the mission of the sport. We believe in the values ​​of Olympism and we listen to the position of other states. We are aware that more than a hundred conflicts are taking place in the world to one degree or another. Therefore, we try to find a balance between the different positions and create a system that can be applied in other conflict situations in the future.”

How did they react in Russia?

In the Climbing Federation, the countries are disappointed with the IFSC’s decision. FSR President Dmitry Bychkov noted that there are currently no visible obstacles to starting the licensing process.

“According to the admission deadline, our guys will miss the entire qualifying round for the 2024 Olympics. The first two stages, the World Championship and the European Championship, will take place this year. A qualifying tournament is planned for the first half of 2024, but invites will be distributed according to international ranking based on the results of the 2023 season.

We expected completely different solutions. Unfortunately, in practice, even the IOC’s March recommendations regarding climbers have not been implemented. In fact, they simply deprived us of the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games in Paris. This is a direct violation of the Olympic Charter,” according to the FSR website.

Will Russian athletes be able to compete in the 2024 Olympics or not?

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“They took my sleep away”

Not very happy with the decision and the Russian athletes themselves. The three-time winner of the Speed ​​Climbing World Championship (2012, 2016 and 2021) Yulia Kaplina wrote the following on social media:

“Today, like many other athletes, they took away my dream of the 2024 Olympic Games, they didn’t even give me the chance to compete to get to Paris. All this time I dreamed and hoped to be able to correct my mistake in Tokyo, I would have a second chance… For this I got up every morning. Now I only feel emptiness and pain.

Are they our favourites?

Yulia Kaplina herself, in addition to world championship medals, has a current world record in speed climbing – 6.964 seconds. She settled on the 2020 European Championships in Moscow.

In Tokyo, the Russian woman was unable to compete for medals, ranking only 17th in the competition qualification. The fact is that at the 2020 Games, climbing in difficulty and speed, as well as bouldering, were combined into one whole. The winner was determined by the sum of the results in each of the three types. But this decision was criticized. The athletes themselves noted that speed climbing is a completely different story and cannot coexist with bouldering and difficulty climbing. Too narrow specialization.

Already in Paris 2024, speed climbing has become a separate discipline. And this means that the chances of a medal for the Russian woman Kaplina could increase dramatically.

But for now, he just doesn’t have a chance to go to France.

Other well-known athletes, for example Victoria Meshkova (9th place at the 2020 Olympics) or Alexei Rubets (13th place), seem to have passed the Olympics.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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