Monson hopes the IOC will follow the UFC’s lead and return Russian flags

Monson hopes the IOC will follow the UFC’s lead and return Russian flags

Mixed martial arts fighter with a Russian passport Jeff Monson in a conversation with , he praised the UFC chief Dana White for returning the flags to the promotion fighters and expressed the hope that the International Olympic Committee (CIO ) will pay attention to it.

Earlier, UFC chief Dana White said that promoted fighters were once again allowed to participate in fights with their country’s flags. Ban on flags CFU has been in effect since last spring.

– I am very happy with this decision. Dana White understands that politics and sports cannot be mixed. Athletes represent their country regardless of the opinions of the people of that country. They were born in their country, grew up there, trained there and their team is from there. Why can’t they represent their home country? I hope other sporting organisations, including the IOC, will follow this example,” Monson told .

Monson, 52, has 60 victories, 26 defeats and one draw in MMA, according to official statistics provided on the Sherdog portal. He also fought according to boxing rules and with bare fists. In May, Monson told that he had surrendered his US citizen passport to the embassy and now only has Russian citizenship.

At the end of March, the IOC announced recommendations for the admission of Russian and Belarusian athletes to international competitions. Recommendations include individual admission, neutral status, banning participation in team sports, and banning the participation of athletes associated with security forces or who have expressed support for the SVO.

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Source : MatchTV

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