Three-time Olympic champion in biathlon and cross country skiing Anfisa Reztsova has commented on a multimillion-dollar payments national team of Russia in athletics as compensation for missing the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
“What compensation? What do you pay? Athletes today have to solve other problems – how to overcome doping, but not to think, as someone to encourage. We have that in the country no other problems? We encourage the great athletes and people in the mass we do not see. In General, we have in the country that wound up extra millions?” said tool in an interview with “Soviet sport”.
The day before it was announcedthat the leading Russian athletes will receive monetary compensation depending on what result they could show on the 2016 Games. However, some will receive a bonus equivalent to the reward for Olympic gold.
Reztsova, being a Deputy of the faction “United Russia” in Khimki district, drew attention to the many pressing social problems in the suburbs, which “why-that is not quickly solved.” She called first to help people, to hear and to respond to their troubles.
“Let the great athletes resent me, let me be bad for them, but not their main problem now in our country. Many were outraged this story with payments, people wonder – why, where such money, and what are we worse? The people I know and I’m on the side of the people. Let’s start with the fact that our athletes before the Olympics were not allowed – so was that for? Yes, guilt has not been proved, but innocent too. And we encourage them,” she said.
Earlier Reztsova already made a resonant statement, expressing doubts about the “purity” of the great Russian athletes, including double Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva.
“We made a lot of mistakes, we were expelled from the IAAF. And we are here such a strange way eliminate their punctures! Wrong we do it, we still remember it and cling to it. It is now really should do soul-searching, to think how to correct the mistakes and not giving away the consolation prize,” said the former athlete.
Add that Anfisa Reztsova is the only woman in the world who managed to win the Olympics in two winter sports, two gold she won in biathlon and one in cross country skiing.