Russian Olympic champion complains of "exemplary flogging" after IOC decision on federation that mocked Ukraine

Oleksandr ChekanovSport
Tishchenko criticises IOC

Two-time Olympic boxing champion Alexei Tishchenko has accused the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of politicising sport. The member of the United Russia party was outraged by the decision of the IOC Executive Committee not to recognise the International Boxing Federation (IBA), headed by Z-patriot Umar Kremlin.

Tishchenko said this in an interview with the propaganda outlet Russia Today. He called the committee's move a "demonstrative political flogging" and added that Kremlin, a fan of the war in Ukraine, is a constant source of concern for IOC members because he "always defends the interests of his country."


"The reasons for the IOC's recommendation are obvious. Firstly, they are concerned that the head of the IBA, Umar Kremlin, is a Russian who always defends the interests of his country. Secondly, it is, of course, the fact that the association allowed itself to go against the grain and allowed Russian athletes to participate in international competitions. Therefore, the withdrawal of recognition from the IOC is a demonstrative political flogging. So that other organisations could see and not even think of going against the general political agenda," Tishchenko said.

Earlier, former heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev mentioned the "injustice of international courts" after the IOC Executive Committee's decision on the IBA. The federation refused to comply with the requirements of the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne (CAS), which banned the election of the association's president. As a result, Kremlin's ardent fan of dictator Vladimir Putin was re-elected to his post, after which he lifted the suspension of Russians from boxing tournaments and imposed sanctions on Ukraine.


As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk called the regime of dictator Vladimir Putin "stinking imperialism". He also recognised Russians as terminally ill.

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