Isinbayeva: of course it’s political, and who’d want to watch an Olympics without Russia?

July 22, 2016
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter

Original healine: Isinbayeva suggests not broadcasting the Olympics in Russia

Two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva believes that nobody will watch the Brazil Olympics without the participation of the Russian team

The award winning athlete stated that she considers the decision of the court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) 100% political. Isinbayeva recalled that there was doping 20 years ago, with athletes from various countries disqualified, but their team went out calmly anyway and competed.

Yelena Isinbayeva: “And here, suddenly the whole world community, including the WADA, has turned on Russia. And how can we not talk about politics in relation to what is happening in the world in general. “

Isinbayeva counts the suspension of Russian athletes a tremendous blow to viewership of the Olympics.

Yelena Isinbayeva: “If all of a sudden they don’t admit the Russian team, I think, there is, for us, no significance in broadcasting the Olympiad. In general, we don’t need it.

She added that if they do not allow just track and field athletes, then counting on a top three place in the Russian medal count is just not worth it. After all, track and field, she says, brings, if not half in the treasury, then certainly the most awards.

Recall, yesterday the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the class action of the Russian Olympic Committee and 67 athletes, who appealed the suspension from international competitions. Thus, our athletes will most likely not be able to participate in the upcoming Olympics. The Russians still have some illusive hope from the IOC meeting July 24, that it may allow some Russian athletes to compete.

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