Patskevich: depriving an athlete of the opportunity to compete at the Olympics is tantamount to death

Patskevich: depriving an athlete of the opportunity to compete at the Olympics is tantamount to death

Elena Chistova

Three-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Alexandra Patskevich during the educational marathon, New Horizons explained why Russian athletes did not refuse to participate in the Olympic Games, despite the sanctions of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

“Very often before the Olympics, I heard questions, received comments on the topic of why go there at all if they don’t wait for us there, if we were deprived of the flag. But to deprive an athlete of the opportunity to compete at the Olympics is tantamount to death. You lived your whole life in sports, you lost a lot, in your childhood you didn’t have holidays, entertainment, you worked from a very young age, you rarely went home, but you knew that you would have the opportunity to go to the Olympics and show yourself.

And then someone for some reason deprives you of such an opportunity. Yes, the flag and the anthem were taken from us, they were allowed to represent the Russian Olympic team. I will come out of principle and prove that I am Russian, and I will make sure that you all listen to Tchaikovsky, ”TASS quoted Patskevich as saying.

At the last two Olympic Games (in Tokyo and Beijing), during the awarding of Russians with gold medals, a fragment from the First Concerto of Pyotr Tchaikovsky sounded.



“As soon as you see our coach, run.”  Russian synchronized swimmers laughed at Urgant


“As soon as you see our coach, run.” Russian synchronized swimmers laughed at Urgant