“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

Posted on 2022-02-19 • 9 comments


Two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zhulin addressed an open letter to the head of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach.

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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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9 Responses to ““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”

  1. 金万达 says:

    You choose peace or war?

  2. Peter says:


    Trimetazidine dihydrochloride is an effective anti-anginal agent; however, it is freely soluble in water and suffers from a relatively short half-life

  3. Indy says:

    Everything that Zhulin said here just shows how ignorant he is. Go back to figure skating Zhulin and leave the doping regulations to experts. Zhulin comes across as a braying jackass.

  4. SkatingFanCa says:

    Zhulin disappoints me and makes me nervous. Until I read this letter, I thought Kamila Valieva’s positive doping result and the way she was treated by her coach after her heart-breaking free program was an accidental and isolated incident only from Eater’s camp. Now I can’t help but worry this might be a more widespread practice in Russian figure skating community. I understand him defend the whole thing because he is a Russian. However, he forgets everyone who competes internationally has a community responsibility to be fair to other competitors from other countries. As an adult coach to athletes especially to minors, he/she is not only responsible for their results, but also their health and well-beingi. Sadly, there is no single word of the reference to the fairness and responsibility throughout his letter.

  5. Zhulin wife says:

    Zhulin, only opens mouth to whine

  6. Zhulin wife says:

    Zhulin, as always, an ugly man who only opens mouth to whine

  7. Renate says:

    Herr Shulin, das hat nun gar nichts mit menschlichen Qualitäten zu tun. Das ist eine völlig falsche Antwort von Ihen. Das erschreckt noch einmal. Es zeigt, dass man gar nicht verstanden hat, worum es geht, was gemeint war. Und genau darüber macht man sich Sorgen.

  8. Frenchie says:

    Wait… Zhulin says that it’s ok to take trimetazidine since it doesn’t help performance (wrong, as we all know, it’s better to be able to train longer and harder every day than not. But #TeamDoping all agreed to live in “opposite world”, I guess?).
    Isn’t he aware of the… ahem… “story”? That Kamila never took this trimetazidine? It was her Grandfather. She obviously drank water from the same glass. Those pills only dissolve after ingestion, but whatever. Maybe it’s his habit to throw up back into the water glass before Kamila drinks from it. I guess that must be it…

    I think they need to work on better coordination to get the same story out. Just like side by side spins, it’s supposed to be in sync, or it looks ugly. All those different stories come together to paint a horribly ugly picture.

  9. Peter says:

    Who is the MRO (Medical Review Officer) who must interview the tested to uncover a valid reason for the positive result? Did he/she contact Kamila? She is quoted as saying there was a mix up with her grandfather’s medication which he takes for his heart. Did anyone look into that possibility?
    The lady readmitted must have been tested before March 6, 2016. They forgave everyone who tested positive before then when they made it illegal. It improves the flow of oxygen in the blood. It causes a faster heartbeat.
    Who is the MRO? Interview him.

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