Zakharova told how the whole world suffers without Russia and became a laughingstock for fans
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the vast majority of the international community is "frankly tired of the frantic calls and attempts by Western countries to cancel" Russian sport. According to the diplomat, the absence of Russian athletes allegedly has a detrimental effect on the spectacle of competitions, their commercial component and representativeness.
Zakharova made this statement in the context of a ministerial meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement's coordination bureau, which adopted a declaration supporting the participation of athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in the 2024 Games in Paris.
For reference, the Non-Aligned Movement unites 120 countries based on the principle of refusing to join military and political blocs.
"For our part, we remain open to sports cooperation, and together with our like-minded people, we will continue to consistently advocate for the comprehensive strengthening of sports ties based on the principles of equality, non-discrimination and open access to competitions for athletes," TASS quoted Zakharova as saying.
Fans unanimously accused the Foreign Ministry spokesperson of lying, saying that in fact the world has lost nothing from Russia's absence, and that Russian sport is being "cancelled" for a single reason, which began on 24 February 2022.
"Why announce something if the lie is already in the tagline to cancel Russian sport"? No one was going to cancel anything and is not going to, this is a propaganda stamp invented by these fascists as one of the justifications for themselves and their criminal actions," "Marusya continues to put noodles in the ears of citizens," users write.
Fans remind Zakharova that no one really cares about Russia.
"Maria, you won't believe it: 200+ countries don't care about any single country, whether it's Russia, Germany, Vietnam or Swaziland. No one cares about the problems of others," say sports fans from Russia.