The head of the Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics said that Russian sports will continue to develop, despite the suspension of international competitions.
Irina Viner-Usmanova (Photo: AGN “Moscow”)
The words of the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach on the suspension of Russian athletes speak of the current policy of double standards towards Russia. This opinion was expressed to Sport-Express by the head of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova.
“The flourishing of double standards continues. We have become accustomed to how things turn out for us in all subjects, the double standard is also manifested in sports. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, the terrible Vietnam War. It was all nothing for the sport. Now it turned out that we have such an IOC punishment specifically for Russian athletes, despite the fact that the sport should be out of politics, ”said Viner-Usmanova.
Bach explained the IOC’s decision to introduce restrictions against Russia
According to Viner-Usmanova, Russian sports will continue to develop anyway. “There will be some alternative tournaments that we will consider and definitely substantiate, organize alternatives to the Olympics. There will be other competitions that will be of interest to the athletes,” she added.
Earlier, Bach said that if the IOC had not recommended withdrawing the Russians and Belarusians from all international competitions after the start of a special operation in Ukraine, politicians and governments would have started to do so and the safety of the Russians would not have been guaranteed. athletes. According to Bach, the situation in Ukraine is highlighted by the “appalling violation” of the Olympic Truce. He added that the “global reaction” to other conflicts “was not the same” as in the case of Ukraine.
After the start of the special operation in Ukraine, the IOC recommended not allowing the participation of athletes from Russia and Belarus in international tournaments. Most federations followed these recommendations, only a few allowed athletes from two countries to compete in a neutral state.
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