The general director of the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), Valery Fedorov, believes that the low interest of Russians in the Olympic Games in Tokyo is due to the ban on competing under the national flag. He stated this in an interview. REN TV Wednesday, 28 July.
In addition, Fedorov noted the decline in attention to the Olympics around the world. According to him, people now “do not think about it”, and the Games are held only in the background.
“An additional factor in our case is the impossibility of the national team playing under its own flag. This is an injury, a serious one, and it diminishes people’s interest in the Tokyo Olympics. But we hope it will end and by the next Olympics everything will be different, ”the sociologist explained.
Fedorov also noted that the rating of Russians’ interest in certain sports is quite traditional.
Basically, people follow those in which Russia is very well represented and has a strong position. As the general director of VTsIOM emphasized, the Olympic Games were conceived as “a holiday of human strength, beauty, fortitude”, but now it is “a competition of national ambitions.”
“People are rooting for their own people. And only if their team does not have a serious favorite, they begin to choose: if not ours, then who? ” He added.
At the moment, the Russian Olympic Committee team is the fourth in the medal standings of the Olympic Games in Japan, with seven gold medals, seven silver and four bronze medals.
The leader in the number of awards is Japan, with ten gold, three silver, five bronze medals), the second place is taken by the United States (nine gold, eight silver and bronze medals), and the third is China (nine gold, five silver, seven bronze ).
On July 27, for the first time in history, Russian taekwondo athletes won the medal standings at the Olympic Games, securing first place at the 2020 Games ahead of schedule.
On the same day, Lilia Akhaimova, Victoria Listunova, Angelina Melnikova and Vladislav Urazova won gold in the team competitions in artistic gymnastics. This award was the first in the history of Russia.
In addition, on July 27, Yevgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov won gold and silver medals, becoming the winners in the 100 m backstroke swimming, while the Russians Yulia Karimova and Sergei Kamensky won the Olympic bronze medals in air rifle shooting from 10 m.
The Olympic Games in Tokyo kicked off on July 23rd. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Olympics were postponed for a year, while retaining the name “Tokyo 2020”. Competitions are held without the participation of foreign fans.