"This is the bottom": Russian world champion throws a tantrum over Kharlan's admission to the 2024 Olympics
World indoor triple jump champion Yolanda Chen is furious over the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision to grant Olga Kharlan a place at the 2024 Games in Paris. The Russian former track and field athlete began to openly insult sports officials for standing up for the Ukrainian, who was unfairly disqualified from the 2023 Fencing World Cup in Milan.
Chen said this in a commentary to the propaganda TV channel Match TV. The representative of the aggressor country accused the IOC of allegedly violating its own rules, and actually called Kharlan a manipulator who pursued selfish goals.
"This is an impossible solution. The IOC is chopping down the tree it is sitting on. It is disrespectful to themselves, they have lowered themselves to the bottom, follow the lead of other teams, destroy themselves, their laws and rules. This sets a bad precedent. If something like this happens again, people will refer to this case. The IOC is completely incompetent, behaving like a sycophant that can be controlled, manipulated and done as they please," Chen said.
As a reminder, Kharlan refused to shake hands with Anna Smirnova in the 1/32 finals of the 2023 World Cup, after which the Russian staged a real circus, refusing to leave the track. She filed a protest against the outcome of the duel, which was rejected. It is worth emphasising that the Russian representative does not meet the criteria of a neutral athlete, openly supporting the Russian Armed Forces.
Kharlan was disqualified from the World Championships, but her punishment was cancelled on 28 July. Our sabre fencer herself said that the decision to exclude her from the tournament simply killed her. After her reinstatement to the tournament, Olga was full of gratitude to the Ukrainians who massively supported the athlete.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said that Kharlan had crossed all boundaries by refusing to congratulate her rival from the aggressor country. And the president of the Russian Olympic Committee, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, accused the IOC of showing "sensitivity and delicacy" to the Ukrainian. In addition, Olympic champion Yana Yegoryan was outraged by Olga's admission to the 2024 Games.