"50 countries want to boycott us. Isn't it crazy?": Russian world champion said sport suffers without Russians
Two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zhulin called the suspension of Russian athletes from international competitions a nonsense. The ex-husband of Ukraine's traitor Tatyana Navka expressed an absurd opinion that the world is suffering from sanctions against representatives of the aggressor country.
Zhulin said this in an interview with Legalbet, commenting on the return of the Russian youth national teams to the European Football Union (UEFA) and the International Football Federation (FIFA) tournaments. The world champion in ice dancing complained about the massive boycott that many countries have already announced against Russian players.
"I've heard that almost 50 countries want to boycott events where Russian young athletes will participate. It's not good. When all this nonsense passes, it will still come to the point where the Russians will return. They suffer without us. What do children of their parents have to do with it, if you put it that way? They should not be responsible for this. We were kicked out everywhere. It's terrible," Zhulin said.
It should be noted that 12 out of 55 UEFA members have already confirmed the boycott of Russia. In addition to Ukraine, these are Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Ireland and England.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the legendary striker of the German national team Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, supported the decision of UEFA to allow the Russian youth team to qualify for the 2024 UEFA European Championship, saying that Russian "children are victims of war."