Olympic skier believes West should quit criticizing Russia for everything

(MENAFN) Aleksandr Bolshunov, the Russian Olympic cross-country skiing champion, has accused the West of blaming Russia for all of the world's problems, while arguing that sport should not be compromised by politics.

Bolshunov won five medals, including three gold, in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in February, but he and his fellow Russians are now barred from international contests due to the situation in Ukraine.

Speaking to Norwegian broadcaster TV2, the 25-year-old expressed disappointment at missing out on significant events, especially because sport is supposed to bring people together.

“I’m certainly disappointed that we will not be able to take part in the World Cup and the World Championship,” Bolshunov stated.

“Those [athletes] who will now participate there could perhaps put themselves in our position. I would like to see how they react.

“People in the West should stop blaming us Russians for everything. Maybe we need support instead? Sport is peace, sport should bring people together and nothing more,” highlighted the skier.


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