“Coach Tutberidze has brought up six Olympic medalists, she probably knows how and what to say to her athletes after performances.” Zhulin addressed an open letter to the head of IOC
Two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zhulin addressed an open letter to the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.
Dear Mr. President. There are several things that prompted me to write this letter.
First. I am very surprised by your reaction to the behavior of the Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze after the free skate of her skater Kamila Valieva. You write that you were worried about Kamila during her entire program, and the coach’s reaction was very harsh. Coach Tutberidze has brought up six Olympic medalists and four Olympic champions since 2014, and she probably knows how and what to say to her athletes after performances.
Please, analyze your position towards a woman and a young girl starting from February 8 this year. From the position of a man, you behaved, in my opinion, cruelly and incorrectly. At least not for you to teach manners to an outstanding coach.
Second. I would very much like changes in WADA policy. The institution itself is undoubtedly correct and logical. But recall the drugs the athletes were suspended for. Previously, these were anabolic steroids, erythropoietin, furosemide, blood doping. There is no question – these drugs help in endurance and increase in physical strength. And not so long ago, some seeking promotions started (apparently, from IOC and you as well).
My figure skater Ekaterina Bobrova was deprived of the World Championships due to traces of meldonium in her body and six months later she was fully justified in the CAS, but the main thing is that traces of meldonium can remain in the body for the rest of her life. This drug is absolutely not researched and does not give any increase in results, but it was put on the banned list in the most dangerous fourth column!
A lot of Russian athletes have suffered from this “most dangerous” drug. Why Russian? Because it’s not popular in the West. It’s not doping. This is a made up story. Do you know how many young football and hockey players die in training from heart problems because of huge loads? Apparently not…
You should better advise WADA to come up with a medicine to maintain the heart muscle, and not to catch unfortunate athletes with all sorts of nonsense. You should organize a round table, discuss all this and come to a smart decision, to leave really potent drugs in illicit drugs list.
Third. This was the ninth Olympics in a row for me, and the mood was like I was at war instead of a holiday, with terrible food and accommodation in a hotel an hour and a half drive from the skating rink. Of course, I understand that the coronavirus has greatly contributed to this, but you, as president, could have tried to make every effort and return the atmosphere of celebration and happiness, as it was before, and you, it seems to me, were very carried away by the mood of the girl and woman from Russia, which were already being destroyed on every corner. I think you have something to do besides this.
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