Russian hockey legend says IOC's demands "do not fit in a normal person's mind"
The President of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation (RIHF), Vladislav Tretiak, has expressed dissatisfaction with the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) requirements for the admission of athletes from the Russian Federation to competitions. In particular, the three-time Games winner was outraged by the recommendation to completely eliminate representatives of the aggressor country from team sports, noting that "this does not fit in the mind of a normal person".
Tretiak said this in an interview with the propaganda TV channel Match TV. The member of the United Russia party called the IOC's recommendations a pre-planned action against a country that was caught in the state doping system and waged war against Ukraine.
"Each sport has its own destiny, but we are still all on the same Russian team. We worry about every athlete, every sport. What's happening now is beyond the comprehension of a normal person. How can you divide the team? Someone plays for CSKA and Dynamo, someone plays for the labour reserves, someone represents other companies. I don't know if this is done on purpose or not. On the one hand, it's a good thing that they're doing, letting athletes in, but it's very difficult from this perspective," Tretiak said.
To recap, the IOC also recommended that international federations suspend Russian athletes involved in the Russian army and law enforcement agencies from competitions. Following this, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine decided to boycott tournaments involving the aggressors.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian Olympic champion Veronika Stepanova ridiculed Swedish skiers for their prize money at the country's cup.
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