Artistic gymnastics The double Olympic champion belongs to Putin’s party
“From my point of view, all this has happened because Russia, including our athletes, cannot be angered. It is no coincidence that our hymn says that God protects our land,” he told the Sport-Express newspaper.
Khrkina, MP for the Kremlin party, United Russia, directly linked the coronavirus, “that deadly foulness”, with the “political misrepresentations” against his country. “In my opinion, it is a kind of divine punishment,” he said.
The deputy considered “correct” IOC decision to postpone the Games, I think, Russia must take advantage to defend its athletes in the Court of Arbitration for Sport and compete again as equals in the international arena.
Although not specified on this occasion, Khrkina is one of the athletes, retired or active, who maintain that the international isolation of Russian sport by collusion with doping ruled by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is consequence of a western political campaign to contain Russia.
Khrkina, 41, was gold in uneven bars at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and 2000 Sydney Games, besides countless times world and European champion.