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Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'

Oleksandr ChekanovSport
Kostomarov speaks about sanctions

Roman Kostomarov, the Olympic champion who had his  hands and feet amputated, called the suspension of Russian athletes from international competitions unfair. The former figure skater emphasized that the athletes have nothing to do with Russia's criminal war against Ukraine, although he fiercely supports it.

Kostomarov said this in an interview with the propaganda news agency Telegraph Agency of  the Soviet Union. The former pairs skating partner of Ukraine's traitor Tatyana Navka noted that Russian athletes "should not have been suspended" and repeated traditional Russian media narratives about the politicization of sports.

Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'
Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'

"They found themselves in a very difficult time. It has always been said that sport is beyond politics, that it should unite people. Athletes were not involved, they should not have been suspended. And it's a disadvantage not only for our athletes, but also for those who are competing there now, because they know that they are not the best on the planet anyway. Everyone should compete and realize their sporting ambitions there. An athlete spends his whole life preparing to become an Olympic champion," Kostomarov said.

Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'
Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'

After the start of Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine, Kostomarov hypocritically claimed that the terrorist country had never attacked anyone. On December 13 last year, he was included in the sanctions list of the Verkhovna Rada. On January 7, the relevant decree was signed by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Russian Olympic champion, who had his arms and legs amputated, says Russians 'should not have been suspended'

"I have no complaints, it's just the policy of Zelenskyy and this American Western propaganda. I don't care about Zelenskyy," Z-patriot said in response.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, two-time Olympic champion Svetlana Ishmuratova made a nonsense claim that the world sports community could not exist without Russia.

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