Russian Olympic medalist calls demand to condemn war in Ukraine a "moronic condition"
The 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist in cross-country skiing Alexander Panzhinsky has described the demands for athletes from Russia to condemn the war in Ukraine to participate in international competitions as "moronic conditions". He used the typical Kremlin propaganda narratives that criticizing Russian aggression is a "rejection of the country."
Panzhinsky said this in an interview with the Match TV propaganda channel. The former skier criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Ski Sports Federation (FIS), which do not want to deal with representatives of the aggressor country.
"It would be possible to be allowed without a flag, but without stupid IOC conditions, where you are obliged to sign a waiver of anything. We don't need to come up with any idiotic conditions, because neutral status will not be accepted by many in our country. It is an option for cooperation. It should be sought in dialog, but there is no dialog from the FIS yet, they just distanced themselves from us and our leadership," the Russian said.
Ukraine made an official statement on boycotting the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris and announced the creation of an anti-Russian coalition in the IOC.
A year before the start of the Olympic Games 2024, the IOC did not send Russia and Belarus an invitation to the competition on July 26. In addition, the media revealed the IOC plans to admit the Russians to the Games as a refugee team.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the president of the Russian Weightlifting Federation (FTAR) Maxim Agapitov expressed a ridiculous opinion that the Games in Paris can not carry the status of Olympic Games and the real OG will be held in Moscow as "Friendship Games", which dictator Vladimir Putin ordered to organise and to which they cynically invited Ukraine.