The Russian made a circus at the World Cup after losing to Harlan, who refused to shake her hand
Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan started victoriously at the World Championships in Milan. In the 1/32 finals the winner of the Olympic "gold" in Beijing-2008 defeated Russian Anna Smirnova, after which she refused to shake her opponent's hand. In response, the representative of the aggressor country made a real circus, refusing to leave the track.
Our compatriot dominated throughout the whole fight and confidently took the upper hand with the score 15:7. Immediately after the end of the duel, the Russian went to shake hands with her opponent, but Olga refused.
The 32-year-old Ukrainian decided to use the covid protocol and greeted her opponent by putting her sword forward, and then said something to the athlete from Russia and left the track. This act of Harlan literally infuriated Smirnova. She refused to come down from the platform and defiantly sat on a chair on it.
The Russian decided that without a handshake the match could not be declared over, and Olga should be disqualified for refusal. The Russian fencer was approached several times by the referees, demanding that she stop playing the innocent victim.
As a result, Smirnova spent almost an hour on the track, and the jury declared Harlan the winner of the bout. The Russian is expected to file a protest against this decision.
It should be noted that Olga became the first Ukrainian to fight with a representative of the Russian Federation in fencing, after the lifting of the ban of the Ministry of Sports on bouts against aggressors. The day before, Igor Reizlin withdrew from the duel with Vadim Anokhin.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the International Fencing Federation, which is headed by Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov, became the first to allow representatives of the Russian Federation and RB to participate in international tournaments.