The USSR champion urged Russians to shut up, because "any issue in sports is decided by Putin"
Honorary President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Leonid Tyagachev has criticised the words of MP Sergei Mironov, who called for Russia's withdrawal from international sports organisations. The former alpine skier urged his countrymen not to express a personal position, as in the aggressor country, "any issue in sports is decided by Vladimir Putin".
Tyagachev said this in a commentary to the R-Sport propaganda news agency. The USSR Alpine skiing champion added that "Russia is being insulted", but it should not isolate itself and make a demarche by leaving sports federations.
"We have an Olympic movement, we have not moved away from it. Now the situation is such that the Americans and Europeans play the main role. Mironov's statement is a question of how to move on. We cannot be insulted. I have known Mironov for a long time, and he does not play with his conscience. He is not a man of sport, but a functionary and a great politician. Mironov has expressed his opinion, but he has also suffered a lot from Europe. We have to wait, because in our country, Vladimir Putin decides on any issue in sports. You cannot express your position to the press," Tyagachev said.
Earlier, former Russian national footballer Vladislav Radimov said he was "giving up" on Russian athletes competing in a neutral status at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian fans unleashed a torrent of anger on Olympic champion, traitor to Ukraine and Dmitry Peskov's wife Tatyana Navka after she said that Russia would participate in the 2024 Olympics without a flag and anthem.