Winner of the world and European basketball championships, Vitaly Nosov does not understand why Russian athletes have been suspended from international competitions.
– In my opinion, the most reasonable behavior is in the UFC and NHL, where the Russians continue to play quietly. And there, no one prevented Alexander Ovechkin, a member of Putin’s team, from becoming one of the best scorers in the history of the league… I don’t understand at all why sport should become a currency of exchange. Why have our athletes been deprived of the right to participate in international competitions? The same figure skaters or gymnasts have another season or two. They are now on fire and extinguished. People are left without what they have done all their lives, Nosov told RT.
In March, the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) suspended Russian national teams and clubs from participating in competitions under its auspices.
Earlier, the French Basketball Federation announced on its official website that athletes playing in Russian and Belarusian clubs would no longer be called up to the country’s national team.
Source : MatchTV
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