Athletistic/Others. Legendary Russian synchronized swimmer, three-time Olympic champion Alla Shishkina, spoke about the exclusion of domestic athletes from international competitions for political reasons.

— How would you describe the situation regarding the suspension of Russian sports?

“It’s like a gradual strangulation. Imagine that our sport is prey and the sanctions are a boa constrictor that slowly tightens its bonds around us. Such a slow, slow suffocation. The International Olympic Committee and all those who support the exclusion of our athletes from competitions are a kind of boa constrictor,” Shishkina said in an interview with the YouTube channel Discipline.

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