Polish Sports Minister Kamil Bortniczuk has called for tougher sports sanctions against Russia
Poland has been accused of launching a new campaign of “Russophobia” by demanding that the country be excluded from all international sports federations, following comments made this week by Sports Minister Kamil Bortniczuk.
Bortniczuk told an EU meeting on Monday that sanctions against Russia – which has already seen its athletes banned from numerous competitions – should be significantly increased.
“We support the exclusion of Russians from all sports federations run by the International Olympic Committee until the completion of the peace process and compensation to Ukraine.,” said Bortniczuk.
In response, Russian State Duma deputy Boris Paykin – a member of the Sports and Physical Culture Committee – called the comments “a new wave of Russophobia.”
“Believe me, in a few months no one will remember Poland’s initiative, and Russian sport will prove its right to exist in the global sports family,” Paykin said, according to TASS.
Meanwhile, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin stressed that he would not waste too much time responding to “unprofessional” Bortniczuk’s remarks.
“I don’t want to waste my time and energy on the words of my colleague from Poland”, Matytsin said, RIA Sport reported.
“I don’t know him personally. It was unprofessional and inappropriate speech.
“From my point of view, he does not adequately assess what is happening in the world. We must position ourselves as a guarantor of stability, despite the complexity of the political situation.
Matytsin regretted that Russian athletes were “discriminated” since the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommended in late February their suspension from competitions – a position that has been adopted by a wide range of sports federations.
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