He noted that Russia remains a part of world sports, the ministry continues to strengthen the national sports system and create conditions for training and competitive practice. Matytsin recalled that some Russian athletes in isolation show results that surpass the world.
The day before, coach Eteri Tutberidze expressed outrage that Russian athletes do not participate in updating world rankings and cannot win medals at major tournaments, Sport-Express reports.
On March 1, the ISU banned the national teams of Russia and Belarus from participating in competitions under its auspices, following the recommendations of the International Olympic Committee. Figure skaters, speed skaters and short track skaters from these countries were banned from participating in international competitions, including world championships and other tournaments under the auspices of the organization.
The pressure on Russian athletes increased after Russia launched a special operation to protect the Donbass on February 24. A few days earlier, the situation in the region escalated significantly due to shelling by the Ukrainian military. The authorities of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics announced the evacuation of residents to the Russian Federation, and also turned to Moscow for help. On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the independence of the DNR and LNR.
For more up-to-date videos and details about the situation in Donbass, watch the Izvestia TV channel.