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Russia’s high jump queen explains why Olympic boss is ‘two-faced’ – RT Sport News

Three-time high jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene has launched a fresh assault on International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Thomas Bach, who she says is a hypocrite.

Tokyo 2020 gold medalist Lasitskene made headlines earlier this summer when he wrote an open letter to Bach, whose organization has recommended that Russian athletes be banned from world events in response to the operation military in Ukraine.

Bach claimed that the bans imposed on Russian and Belarusian athletes were partly in place to protect them from the supposed hostility they would face outside the borders of their respective countries.

On the eve of the World Championships in Athletics, which took place in Eugene, Oregon in July, Lasitskene doubted that Bach had the “courage” to lift the ban and allow her to defend her crown in the United States, which was eventually taken by Australian Eleanor Patterson.

Speaking to RIA Novosti this week in her homeland, the 29-year-old claimed Bach was hypocritical and once again criticized him for his treatment of Russians.

“Bach’s duplicity is that he says it’s dangerous for Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete, but we see that tennis players travel around the world and everything is calm everywhere”, a- he added. Lasitskene stressed, with the exception of Wimbledon where they were banned by the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC).

“So just let him tell the athletes – you are Russians, you are all responsible for what is happening. And you are being punished for it,” he added. she asked.

“But don’t tell the athletes they’re suspended for their safety. Why fuss?” asked Lasitskene.

“Everyone already understands that this is all because I’m from Russia. And that’s the main message of my letter. Tell it like it is. There’s no need to pretend to care about us. Just say we’re all to blame” we insisted.

As part of the same interview, Lasitskene also clarified that she never considered changing her citizenship to participate in international events.

“No, and now it doesn’t make sense,” she replied emphatically, while explaining that there is a feeling that the Russians will be “private” to participate in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics.

Russia’s high jump queen explains why Olympic boss is ‘two-faced’ – RT Sport News

“But even then it was unrealistic to change nationality,” she said of a period of “despair” trying to find a way to participate in the World Championships.

“I would have missed three years because of ‘quarantine’ and I wouldn’t have gotten anything.

“But the first reason why I don’t want to change my nationality was, is and will be that I am Russian. I have a homeland, I was born here and I want to compete for Russia,” he added. concluded Lasitskene.


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