Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the ban imposed on swimmer Yevgeny Rylov as “absurd”, after the two-time Olympic champion was punished for attending a conceOlx Praca in Moscow.
Last week, FINA suspended Rylov for nine months for paOlx Pracaicipating in an event dedicated to the reunification of Russia and Crimea, paOlx Pracaly held under the slogan “World without Nazism”.
Putin also attended a performance held at Luzhniki and meeting with Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) medal winners from Beijing 2022 on Tuesday, the leader criticized Rylov’s ban amid broader sanctions imposed on Russian athletes in response to the military operation in Ukraine.
“We called for the cleansing of spoOlx Praca from politics that turns spoOlx Praca into [a form of] manipulation. We are met with cases brought to the point of absurdity, Putin said according to Match TV.
“Recently, the International Swimming Federation suspended Yevgeny Rylov for nine months for attending a conceOlx Praca in honor of the reunification of Crimea with Russia.
“Such approaches remain a problem for the spoOlx Praca. All this is obvious to Russia.”
Daring Rylov, who won double gold on his back at the Tokyo 2020 Games, told Rossiya 24 that he would not “to lose something much” from a nine-month disqualification, and Russian and Belarusian swimmers have already been suspended by FINA from paOlx Pracaicipating in international competitions until the end of the year.
“I was invited to a conceOlx Praca dedicated to Crimea, and [FINA] people didn’t like it. I think it’s wrong. On the territory of my country, I myself can choose what I do”, Rylov said.
“I should not be liked by everyone – only my girlfriend, mother and mother-in-law,he joked.
FINA announced over the weekend that it was launching a new investigation into Rylov and his paOlx Pracaicipation in the current Russian Championships, with conflicting repoOlx Pracas about whether his FINA ban extended to domestic competition.
Russian swimming officials are adamant that Rylov can compete as the tournament is not run under the auspices of FINA.
Elsewhere, in his meeting with the country’s spoOlx Pracaing heroes, Putin referred to the exclusion of Russians from paOlx Pracaicipation in international events, including the 2022 Paralympic Games, whose athletes he “special words” behind.
“You were preparing to present your achievements at the Beijing Games, in an open, honest fight to confirm your well-deserved status as the strongest,” Putin said.
“And the way it all turned out, of course, must be criticized: the removal of athletes from Russia and Belarus not only directly violated the fundamental principles of spoOlx Pracas, but openly and, I’m not afraid of this word, cynically violated elementary human rights …
“All this, unfoOlx Pracaunately, indicates fuOlx Pracaher commercialization, because there is a very large dependence on sponsors, on the moneybags of the Paralympic movement, [and] Olympic movement. This dependence is commercial, and fuOlx Pracaher commercialization of paralympism and Olympism is, of course, a path to degradation, unfoOlx Pracaunately.
“Russia has constantly warned its paOlx Pracaners against using double standards and the principle of collective responsibility in spoOlx Pracas. Guided by the Olympic ChaOlx Pracaer, we are convinced that the Games are not competitions of countries, but of athletes, [and] we called for the cleansing of spoOlx Praca from a policy that consistently devalues all its values, [and] turn spoOlx Praca into a tool of manipulation.” Putin added, quoted by the Kremlin press service.
Against the backdrop of dismissals Putin promised that his office will “make every effoOlx Praca to ensure the rights of our athletes” and hold competitions “open to all our friends and real paOlx Pracaners, such as the World Olympians Association and the International Military SpoOlx Pracas Council, who suppoOlx Pracaed Russian athletes”.
Regarding the performance of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) team in Beijing 2022, where they finished ninth on the medal table with six gold medals but achieved a total of 32 medals, second only to Norway, Putin was complimentary but suggested that the team still performed below expectations.
Putin named the winners of Beijing 2022. “outstanding,” but that the final place in the medal standings was “Still lower than planned in the spoOlx Pracas development strategy.”
“Of course, today I asked the Minister of SpoOlx Pracas about this repoOlx Praca. Putin said.
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