The International Olympic Committee (IOC) declined to comment on the judges’ decision in rhythmic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Since these are questions related to the refereeing of competitions, we would like to refer you to the International Federation, which is responsible for the application of its rules of the competition,” – quotes the press service of the IOC “RIA News»On Sunday, August 8th.
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. Already on August 8, the President of the ROC Stanislav Pozdnyakov noted that the FIG is belatedly working on the committee’s appeal.
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. She noted that the Ashram made a gross mistake, for which all teams usually take off points for both performance and technique and artistry.
The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, called the incident a forgery in front of the whole world.
Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics, chairman of the board of directors of the National Media Group holding and the Sport-Express publishing house Alina Kabaeva said that this case, of course, can be attributed to the category of flagrant injustice. At the same time, she clarified that, it seems, the main task at these competitions “was not to evaluate who is faster, higher and stronger, but to find an opportunity to deprive Russia of the gold medal.”
The XXXII Olympic Games in Tokyo were held from July 23 to August 8. More than 11 thousand athletes from 206 countries took part in the competition, 339 sets of awards were played in 41 sports. The Russian team included 333 athletes.