Olympic champions from Russia suffer karma for supporting "Special military operation"
Russian Olympic champions Tokyo 2020 Vladislav Larin and Maxim Khramtsov are not allowed to the World Taekwondo Championship, to be held from May 29 to June 6 in Baku. This decision was made by the International Federation of World Taekwondo after checking the athletes from Russia and Belarus, who were allowed to compete in a neutral status.
Participation in this tournament will earn the qualifying points needed to qualify for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
"Twenty-three athletes have been pre-approved to participate as individual neutral athletes (AIN) after completing the three-step verification process set by the World Taekwondo Council on April 3. Upon arrival in Baku, they will be required to sign a declaration of full compliance with the conditions of participation. The admission of two athletes was rejected after the application review panel determined that they did not meet the criteria," according to the official World Taekwondo website.
Larin had been agitating residents of Karelia to donate to a charitable fund, with contributions from which medical supplies and ammunition were purchased, after Russia's full-scale invasion began.
"Friends, let's unite together and support the mobilized guys who are now defending our homeland," Larin said in the video.
Khramtsov recorded a video message to Russian President Vladimir Putin on his 70th birthday last year. It was accompanied by a written message in which the 2020 Olympic Games champion used the letter Z three times.
Khramtsov also liked the posts of famous mixed style fighter Vladimir Mineyev on social networks, who is now serving in the Russian army in Donbass.
Larin, 27, and Khramtsov, 25, represent the Army Central Sports Club and competed at the World Military Games.
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