Vasiliev believes that Russian acceptance is Bach’s cowardly attempt to learn about the reaction of society.
MOSCOW, March 10 – RIA Novosti, Alena Sulizova. The decision of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in international competitions is a cowardly attempt by the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, to look at the public backlash, twice the Olympic biathlon. champion Dmitry Vasilyev told RIA Novosti.
On Friday, delegates of the extraordinary FIE Congress decided to allow athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in international competitions. Ilgar Mammadov, President of the Russian Fencing Federation (FFR), told RIA Novosti that this decision was taken by a majority of votes.
At the end of February 2022, the IOC recommended that international sports federations not allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to participate in competitions due to the situation in Ukraine. The FIE followed this advice and then on 26 November extended the Russian suspension until March 2023.
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