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Russia's OI champion says IOC will "come to its senses and apologize" to Russia

Oleksandr ChekanovSport
Kolobkov outraged by sanctions

Former Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov expressed confidence that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) would later apologize to Russian athletes. He repeated the traditional narratives of Kremlin propaganda about the politicization of the competition.

Kolobkov said this in a comment to the "RIA Novosti" news agency. The Olympic fencing champion in Seoul 2000 called the sanctions against the aggressor country unfair, forgetting that Russia started a criminal war against Ukraine.

Russia's OI champion says IOC will ''come to its senses and apologize'' to Russia

"The principles should be the same for everyone. They should be clear and understandable, they should not be constantly changing to suit this or that situation, under the influence of certain events. Now the IOC has a strong movement of one group of people who have nothing to do with sports. My opinion is that the IOC has shown weakness. I hope that this organization will come to its senses one day and start taking a more principled position. This is my attitude towards the IOC now. At the same time, I am sure that there are many strong sports officials there. I am sure that after some time, if they have a conscience, they will apologize. That time will come," Kolobkov said.

Russia's OI champion says IOC will ''come to its senses and apologize'' to Russia

Earlier, the IOC announced the admission of Russian athletes to the 2024 Olympic Games in neutral status in individual events. Olympic champion in rowing Sergey Fedorovtsev called such conditions humiliating.

In turn, Ukrainian Sports Minister Matvii Bidnyi called the IOC's decision to allow Russians to participate in the 2024 Games irresponsible and also named the condition under which our country will boycott the Olympics. And the International Federation of Athletics announced the suspension of Russian athletes from the Games in Paris.

Russia's OI champion says IOC will ''come to its senses and apologize'' to Russia

As OBOZ.UA reported, the president of the Russian terrorist state Vladimir Putin spoke about the participation of athletes from the Russian Federation in the 2024 Olympics and was ridiculed online.

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