Deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Dmitry Svishchev said that he considers the recommendation of the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach to remove Russian athletes from competitions a big mistake.
“All Russian athletes must participate in international competitions without any restrictions or conditions. Thomas Bach made a big mistake when he recommended that the international federations not allow our athletes. This is a strategic mistake, and now the IOC does not know how to deal with it.
And Bach’s statement with the condition of admission in a neutral status is just a provocation. Athletes at international competitions first of all represent their country and always do it with great desire, ”Match TV reports the words of Svishchev .
The day before, Bach expressed the organization’s opinion on the return of Russian athletes to the international arena.