"It hurts. It's offensive": Russian Olympic medalist whines about his compatriots' suspension and calls Russia's crimes fake
The vice-president of the Russian Volleyball Federation, Gennady Shipulin, has called the suspension of athletes from the aggressor country from international competitions unfair and the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine fake. The two-time Olympic medalist spoke out about the need for Russia to win the criminal war and also called those who accept sanctions against the terrorist state fools.
This was stated by Shipulin in an interview with the "Sport-Express". He added that Russia's suspension allegedly hurts world volleyball and also complained about international federations not allowing Russian players to participate in tournaments.
"It's a shame that we're in this difficult state. It hurts. I believe that we will be okay. We must win. It's not true, it's all artificial, it's very bad. People dedicate years to volleyball. However, it may happen that someone will not have time to get their ill-fated medals of international competitions because of the sanctions. It's a shame. I can't imagine volleyball without Russia. It will be incomplete. I think these short-sighted people who are making decisions today will wise up or at least come to their senses," Shipulin said.
His rhetoric was quite different sometime earlier. The VFV vice-president spoke proudly about "great Russia", which carries the truth and will win the war for sure.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, 19-year-old Ukrainian national volleyball team Danylo Pyvovarenko said that he secretly left Russia after a full-scale invasion of his country.