The Canadian Sports Minister fled the activist after the issue of discrimination against athletes from Russia.
MOSCOW, March 15 – RIA Novosti. Canadian Sports Minister Pascal Saint-Onge ignored questions about discrimination against Russian and Belarusian athletes and hastily fled Canadian anti-war activist Yves Engler, the journalist posted the corresponding video on Twitter.
Against the background of sanctions against Russia and Belarus, Engler asked Saint-Onge the possible introduction of such measures against the United States in attacking Iraq, and also whether such penalties should be introduced to Canada for the bombing of Afghanistan and Libya. He asked if it was necessary. The activist also cited the political situation in Israel and Palestine as an example. Saint-Onge grinned at these questions and then immediately decided to avoid dialogue. Meanwhile, his aides closed Engler’s cell, seeking to answer “completely simple questions.”
Previously retired Canadian athletes, including Olympic winners figure skater Tessa Virtue, hockey player Haley Wickenheiser, and skier Becky Scott, have urged the Canadian Olympic Committee not to support the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) idea of allowing Russian athletes to participate. The Games in Paris are neutral.
The Foreign Office described the British request to remove Russia from the Games as Russophobia.
On January 25, the IOC Executive Board called for the return of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions with neutral status, while proposing that athletes who actively support special operations in Ukraine should not be allowed. Later, the governments of more than 30 countries, including Canada, opposed the participation of Russians and Belarus in the Olympics. IOC president Thomas Bach said governments should not decide who participates in international competitions.
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