Irina Viner-Usmanova: I’m sure the whole world wants Russia to work!
President of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics Irina Viner-Usmanova commented on the Congress of the World Olympians Association (WOA), which opposed the removal of Russian and Belarusian athletes from participation in international competitions.
“God bless! I am very happy and grateful to all those who opposed the suspension of our athletes. But for me this is not some unexpected news. I’m sure the whole world wants Russia to speak! The postulate that sport is out of politics is the basis of the entire Olympic movement. Everyone around says that they hate us everywhere and do not want to see us. It is not true! Look how many athletes came out in support of our guys. We are very fond of! I deeply believe that now everything is starting to improve. Our athletes get the opportunity to resume participation in international competitions.
However, you still need to continue your work and make your own competitions at the European level. We must continue. Russia is an incredibly huge country. There are a large number of excellent athletes who are waiting and hoping to be involved in all competitions. Yes, thank you very much for your support, but we must not forget about the development of sports within the country, ”Sport24 quotes Viner-Usmanova.
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