"It's just Russophobia. They want to humiliate us": Russian Olympic champion outraged by IOC's demands
Three-time Olympic champion Irina Rodnina has called the conditions of admission to international competitions humiliating for Russian athletes. The so-called State Duma deputy supported the words of Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko, who opposed the participation of representatives of the aggressor country in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris under a neutral flag.
Rodnina said this in a commentary to Sport-Express. She also pretended not to understand why the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended that international federations suspend Russian athletes related to the Russian army and security forces from team sports, and demanded that athletes from Russia not support the war in Ukraine.
"Can I agree with Chernyshenko's words? Absolutely. When we were punished before, we knew why and for what reason. Now it's just Russophobia. They want to humiliate us. I really have no interest in performing in such a situation," the former figure skater said.
Earlier, two-time world curling champion Anastasia Bryzgalova called the IOC's demand that Russian athletes condemn the war in Ukraine nonsense. She also admitted that she was afraid to say the name of her country at the 2018 Olympics.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian fencers, despite the decision of the International Fencing Federation, will not take part in the 2024 Olympics.
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