"A serious counterattack is needed": Russian Olympic champion calls on Russia to seize power in the IOC
Two-time Olympic champion Dmitry Vasilyev has once again called on Russia to stage a coup in the leadership of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The former biathlete stooped to insulting the president of the organization, Thomas Bach, calling him a scoundrel who allegedly harms Russia.
Vasilyev made the threatening statement in an interview with the RB Sport portal. Commenting on the disqualification of figure skater Kamila Valiyeva for doping, the winner of the Sarajevo '84 and Calgary '88 Games, in the best traditions of Kremlin propaganda, blamed Western countries for all the troubles of Russian sports.
"I believe we need to prepare for a serious counterattack - the IOC Congress, where the entire leadership of the organization will be re-elected. We need to involve our friends, of whom we have a lot in the world - Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia. This is already much more votes than these scoundrels who are destroying the Olympic movement right now. We need to end this lawlessness, and for this we need to lead the IOC. We have a chance, we just need to prepare well. There is simply nothing to talk about with the current IOC and it is not even worth sitting down with them at the negotiating table," Vasilyev said.
As a reminder, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS) found Valiyeva guilty of violating anti-doping rules. After that, the Russian national team was deprived of the gold medal in the team figure skating competition at the 2022 Olympics. In response, the famous coach Tatyana Tarasova threw a real tantrum. She called the CAS judges murderers and pigs who allegedly destroyed the 17-year-old skater's career.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported, Olympic champion and president of the Russian Wrestling Federation Mikhail Mamiashvili accused the world of lacking "humanity and compassion" for Kamila Valiyeva. And three-time world luge champion Roman Repilov said that the world "should be ashamed" of the doping investigation in Russia.