Russian State Duma Deputy Vitaly Milonov called the refereeing of the rhythmic gymnastics tournament at the Tokyo Olympics corrupt, and also praised the Japanese fans for supporting Russian athletes.
“The Japanese are great for saying that. The refereeing was corrupt, they saw everything perfectly and understood everything. This is a shame for the entire world of gymnastics! Where this crooked-handed one came from – I do not understand. As in the worst match-fixing events. Japanese fans objectively spoke about the lawlessness that the judges staged at the gymnastics competitions, ”he is quoted as saying “Sport-Express” 8 August.
Earlier on Sunday, Japanese readers of the Yahoo News Japan portal criticized the decision of the judges to strip the highest standard of medals of the Russian woman Dina Averina in the personal all-around competition at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. According to users, the Olympic movement is becoming more and more politicized.
In turn, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declined to comment on the decision of the judges on the incident.
On the eve of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) formed and sent the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) a request for judging in the individual all-around rhythmic gymnastics at the Games.
The complaint concerns the judging against the Russian women Dina and Arina Averin. Dina lost in the final of the individual all-around to the representative of Israel Lina Ashram, who won the medal of the highest standard. At the same time, the Israeli made gross mistakes and dropped the shell, while Averina performed cleanly.
The work of the judges during the final drew a wave of criticism. The head of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics Irina Viner-Usmanova said that the refereeing was unfair. According to her, Averina did not lose, but won. She also stressed that the Ashram made a gross mistake, for which all brigades usually take off points for both performance and technique and artistry.
The renowned Bulgarian gymnast and trainer Neshka Robeva noted on August 7 that she had discussed the refereeing of the final with her colleagues, following the results of negotiations they came to the conclusion that the title of Olympic champion was deserved by the Russian woman Dina Averina.