Russian esports chiefs call for action against Ukrainian studio — RT Sport News

The group claimed that Russian athletes were being attacked and sports traditions were being destroyed

Russian athletes have been treated harshly as decades of sporting traditions have been destroyed by sanctions against them, the Russian Electronic Sports Federation has said while calling for action against pro-Ukrainian commentators who they say made anti-Russian statements, including insulting the country’s president, Vladimir. Putin.

The Russian eSports Federation has claimed that Russian teams have been banned from some tournaments in their sport, with two teams disqualified from a competition and the team withdrawing from a tournament in Dubai due to what the leaders called “enormous pressure from the organizers”.

the “The straw that broke the camel” in what the federation considers “anti-Russian rhetoric in sport” came in a semi-final match between the Ukrainian team NAVI and the European team G2.

Ukrainian studio Maincast, which reportedly hosted the official Russian-language broadcast, was accused by the federation of employing commentators who repeatedly discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine, called for “trouble in the Russian Federation” and directed barbs at Putin.

“We have always thought that sport should stay out of politics, contribute to bringing people together”, the federation said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, Russian eSports and teams, as well as the entire Russian-speaking audience of eSports competitions, have been subject to discriminatory and offensive actions.

“We consider such actions unacceptable and degrading to human dignity. Over the years we have worked and interacted side by side with Ukrainian colleagues and believe that many do not share the position of their colleagues from [broadcasters] The main cast.

“We are sending requests to the relevant departments of the Russian Federation with a call to assess the actions of Ukrainian colleagues and find a technical opportunity to block the accounts of the Maincast studio and associated opinion leaders on social platforms of the Russian Federation. Russia Such behavior in sports and computer sports is unacceptable.

“We also call for the blocking of the accounts of the Ukrainian studio WePlay, which spouts anti-Russian slogans, blackmails Russian teams and illegally withdraws them from participating in international tournaments.”

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The federation expressed concern about the neglect and destruction of “the fundamental traditions of sport established for decades” since the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

“The bonds between people who were united by sport and the desire to hone their skills are also being destroyed,” he said of the punishments that have become common among sports organizations.

“Our Russian athletes are now under attack, pressure and other unsportsmanlike actions.

“The Russian Electronic Sports Federation is doing everything to protect the rights of Russian eSports players and teams, as well as to ensure their participation on the international stage.

“After all, it is the ability to unite people from all over the world and the absence of borders between them that is the main value of eSports. Peace for all.”

Three Russians are part of NAVI, according to the federation, which specifies that a Russian also plays for G2.

The statement added that more than 300,000 viewers watched the show, including at least 200,000 from Russia.


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