"This is bullying. Putin talked about it": Lavrov lashed out at the IOC over Russia's suspension
So-called Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has taken umbrage at the suspension and conditions of admission of representatives of the aggressor country to international competitions. The henchman of the Kremlin dictator Vladimir Putin repeated the traditional narratives about the politicization of sports in Russia.
Lavrov said this in an interview with the TASS propaganda news agency. The Russian Foreign Minister criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC), calling its treatment of Russian athletes "a mockery of common sense."
"What is being done with the International Olympic Committee now is a mockery of common sense, of the Olympic Charter. President Vladimir Putin has also spoken about it. It forces us to look for other forms of development of independent, depoliticized and fair competitive sport," Lavrov said.
The IOC did not send Russia and Belarus an invitation to the competition a year before the start of the Olympic Games-2024 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, four-time Olympic champion Alexander Popov demanded that the IOC apologize to the Russians for their suspension from world sport. Two-time Olympic swimming champion Denis Pankratov accused the IOC of hating Russians because of the conditions of admission to the competition.