"Their dream was taken away. Banditry": Russian Olympic champion responds to new IOC decision that "military can travel"

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Fetisov supports the war

Two-time Olympic champion Vyacheslav Fetisov is outraged by the conditions for Russians to return to international tournaments. The Stanley Cup winner called the criteria of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which recommended that federations suspend all representatives of the aggressor country who are related to the military or the FSB, lawless.

Fetisov angrily stated this in an interview with the propaganda news agency TASS. The former hockey player added that the military "can ride and travel", forgetting that Russian security forces are under harsh Western sanctions.


"It is clear that the lawlessness continues. The military can travel around the world, but they can't perform, what is this? In Germany, there are athletes who belong to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and sports there are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of the Interior, and Thomas Bach knows about this like no one else. People's dreams have been taken away from them, and this is a violation of their rights and all human principles. We have to respect the laws of the countries where athletes train. All the principles that I grew up with have become a kind of boundless banditry," Fetisov said.


It should be noted that the IOC recommended excluding Russians from team tournaments and allowing athletes from Russia in individual sports only in a neutral status. They must meet certain criteria.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, the German Foreign Ministry called the IOC's new decision to conditionally allow Russians to participate in international competitions a slap in the face to the Ukrainian people.

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