Russia won't be allowed to attend the Olympics: ex-Spartak player complains about 'united Europe' and IOC 'suicide bomber'
Spartak Moscow veteran Evgeny Lovchev has criticised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and its president Thomas Bach. The former USSR national footballer, as is traditional for representatives of the aggressor country, accused the organisation of politicising sport and expressed confidence that athletes from Russia would not be allowed to participate in the Olympic Games and World Championships.
Lovchev said this on the air of the propaganda TV channel Match TV. At the same time, he called the performances of Russian athletes without a flag and anthem a move by aggressors to meet their rivals, and predicted that the West would unite against representatives of the terrorist state.
"Bach is a suicide bomber. He was the first to say that federations should be eliminated. When he started to change his shoes, this appeared, because they were starting to lose in some ways. They are the united Europe that will not allow our athletes to compete tomorrow. This has already happened. We also went to the meeting, in particular because we were able to leave without the anthem and flag. We understand this now. Sport has become the main political bargaining chip today, and we will not be included anywhere - neither in the Olympic Games nor in the World Cup," Lovchev said.
Earlier, Olympic champion Svetlana Zhurova called on the IOC to consider depriving Ukraine of its flag and anthem at international tournaments after the country's Sports Ministry ordered a ban on participation in competitions where Russians and Belarusians compete.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, two-time Olympic champion Vyacheslav Fetisov opposed Russian athletes condemning the war in Ukraine in order to participate in international competitions, talking about the "most terrible" consequences.
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