Zhurova: “If Kasatkina had refused to participate in the 2020 Olympics under the pretext of making money, no one would have understood her”

Zhurova: “If Kasatkina had refused to participate in the 2020 Olympics under the pretext of making money, no one would have understood her”

Olympic speed skating champion and State Duma deputy Svetlana Jourova told that if the Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina If she refused to participate in the 2020 Olympics under the pretext of making money, no one in Russia would have understood her.

Earlier, , citing a source close to the matter, reported that Kasatkina would miss the Paris Olympics due to personal reasons and the desire to earn money.

On Tuesday, the Russian Tennis Federation published the names of Russian tennis players who will participate in the 2024 Games. In men’s singles, Daniil Medvedev, Roman Safiullin, Pavel Kotov and Aslan Karatsev are registered, in women – Ekaterina Alexandrova, Mirra Andreeva , Veronika Kudermetova and Diana Schneider. Medvedev/Safiullin, Kotov/Karatsev, Andreeva/Kudermetova and Alexandrova/Schneider will perform as a duo.

— We would be happier to hear Kasatkina’s words that she doesn’t want to participate in the Olympics because she doesn’t want to play for Russia. If you said that, everyone would exclaim, “What a great guy she is.” »

Here it would be appropriate to give the example of football players: how many famous players will go to the Olympics? I don’t think much. But football players, like tennis players, have their own preparation plan, etc. And they won’t go to the Olympics, because it won’t make them money. Will only bring glory and universal love. We treat the footballers calmly – they did not come and no one knows about this Olympic football tournament.

Tennis has reached such a level that many players really want to become Olympic champions and participate in the Olympic Games. But let’s put it this way: before the Kasatkina incident, no one in our country refused to participate in the Olympics in order to earn money in other tournaments. If Daria had refused to participate in the 2020 Olympics with such an argument about making money, no one would have understood her, Zhurova told .

In December 2023, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that it would allow Russian athletes who successfully qualify for the Olympics in individual neutral status without a flag, anthem or other national symbol.

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Source : MatchTV

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