The athletes of the Olympic team will not be hindered by recommendations on answers to provocative questions, since athletes are not politicians and may find themselves in a difficult situation. This was announced on July 14 by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.
Thus, the Kremlin commented on the fact that the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) prepared recommendations for answering questions about Crimea, Donbass, harassment and others.
“The Kremlin agrees that such recommendations will not interfere, and then each athlete decides whether to use it or not,” Peskov said.
A Kremlin spokesman noted that many are trying to attract athletes into politics.
“Because athletes are not politicians, but, unfortunately, many want to make them politicians, many are trying to involve them in politics. And then they find themselves in difficult situations, ”added the press secretary of the Russian leader.
Earlier that day, it was reported that the ROC prepared answers for the athletes of the Russian Olympic team to the most popular questions that they may be asked abroad. Thus, athletes were advised to refuse comments or respond with a prepared text.
For example, when asked about the Black Lives Matter movement, an athlete should say that the attitude to such a movement is everyone’s personal business: “But the Olympics, in any case, should not become a platform for any actions and gestures,” they write “Vedomosti”…
When asked about Crimea and Donbass, athletes need to abandon discussions and say that “sports should remain outside politics.” When asked about harassment, athletes should answer that they have not encountered such a problem, but they are aware of the existence of a problem.
Earlier, on July 6, the final composition of the Russian national team for the Tokyo Olympics was announced. It included 150 men and 185 women, the most titled athlete of the national team is the synchronized swimmer Svetlana Romashina.
The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the competition was postponed for a year. Now they will be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 without the participation of foreign fans. The name of the Games – “Tokyo 2020” – has been saved.