Aug. 10 2021 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke positively of the performance of Russian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, saying that despite their prejudices, they have a wonderful performance. He also mentioned that Russian athletes are “clean” but also need “clean” referees.
“These young people, coaches, physiotherapists, doctors express their pride in their country in the way they deserve,” Lavrov said. Despite the prejudice, the athletes showed great competition with the help of everyone.
The Olympic movement is riddled with bitterness, and some people undermine the principle of fair competition. All the athletes on the Russian team are ‘clean’ at the Olympics, but we also need ‘clean’ coaches and referees. The artistic gymnastics competition clearly confirms this. ”
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zakharova on the 8th in Red Square to welcome Russian athletes back to the event, thanked the athletes for their efforts and performance. She said that although the Russian national anthem was not played at the Tokyo Olympics, it was in the hearts of every Russian athlete.