“In a legal sense, it practically means shifting the blame onto the athlete.” Elena Vaitsekhovskaya on an interview with Dr. Philipp Shvetsky
Elena Vaitsekhovskaya commented on an interview with Dr. Philipp Shvetsky, the doctor of the Olympic figure skating team, regarding Kamila Valieva’s case.
“A very strange phrase, in my opinion, from the doctor of the Olympic figure skating team, Philipp Shvetsky, in an interview with TASS:
‘As for my guilt in this whole matter, I am indeed guilty. And I am not sure I will ever forgive myself for this. We did not protect Kamila. And it is a fact of guilt for all of us. Once again: I am guilty for her. But I must exclude myself from the list of suspects in this story…’
In my understanding, if a person responsible for medical support considers themselves guilty and voices it, then perhaps they should have acknowledged their guilt a bit earlier, not one and a half years after the incident occurred.
However, if a person, while stating their guilt, simultaneously wants to ‘exclude themselves from the list of suspects in this story’ in a legal sense, it practically means shifting the blame onto the athlete. Like saying, ‘Kamila, deal with your glass/cocroaches on your own…’
Perhaps the doctor simply formulated what he wanted to say in an unfortunate way. But it is perceived exactly like that.
I am not even talking about the fact that Kamila should have been the first to be excluded from the list of suspects in this story. Not the doctor himself,” Vaitsekhovskaya wrote.
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Doctor Philipp Shvetsky: “We didn’t protect Kamila, and it’s a fact of guilt for all of us. But I must exclude myself from the list of suspects in this story.”