Biathlete of the Russian national team Alexander Povarnitsyn admitted that, having gone to Europe, he would not feel safe.
“I followed the news from the IBU Congress in the background. I already knew very well that we would not be restored. Unfortunately, now is such a time that even I, as an athlete, do not think that going to Europe will feel safe. It is clear that the bulk of people treat other people with kindness, but there are also those who do not understand the difference and express their aggression on all people of a certain nation, ”Championship” quotes Povarnitsyn .
Povarnitsyn made his debut for the Russian national team in 2016 at the World Cup stage in Presque Isle, America.
Recall that at the end of February, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced the decision to allow Belarusian and Russian athletes to the World Cup and IBU stages only as neutral athletes. In addition, biathletes from Russia and Belarus will be able to score points only in the individual classification.
After the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU) decided to abandon the performances of Russian athletes in the remaining stages of the World Cup. On September 16, the IBU congress extended the suspension of Russians and Belarusians.