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Russian officials accuse United States, other countries of rigging 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Russians are not taking their fifth place finish in the medal count of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics well. Both commentators and officials from the country are accusing the United States and others of rigging the Games. This comes after the Russian Olympic Committee finish fifth in the medal count. 

If you include the Russian Olympic Committee results as part of Russia’s Olympic history, it is the lowest finish since the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Russian-born athletes competed under the Russian Olympic Committee name at the 2020 Games due to penalties Russia was handed after it was discovered the country was running a doping program.

Russian lawmaker Aleksei Zhuravlyov, according to The Daily Beast, described other competing countries at the Games as “a pack of Russophobic beasts, headed by the United States.”

On Monday, Olga Skabeeva, who is a television host of Russia’s stated-owned television channel, echoed those statements, saying on the air that the Summer Games were the “clearest example of total Russophobia.”

“These Olympic Games stink,” Skabeeva said. “Global sports forever ceased being an honest competition, turning into a cheap political farce. At the behest of Americans, the International Olympic Committee took away two gold medals from Russian.” 

Skabeeva didn’t provide any evidence to support her claims, but that didn’t stop other from agreeing with the claims.

“Americans are freaks. Moral freaks. Why are we even discussing this parade of freaks and perverts?” deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma Pyotr Tolstoy added, the Daily Beast reported.

Oleg Matveychev, who is a member of the Russian Expert Institute for Social Research, referenced Russian gymnast Dina Averina’s loss in the rhythmic gymnastics all-around competition as an event that was fixed. Israel’s Linoy Ashram won the gold medal in the event, even after the Russian team asked for that victory to be overturned.

Matveychev claimed that Ashram’s gold medal should’ve been take away because she dropped the ribbon during her final exercise. He claimed that it would’ve been impossible for her to win.

Ironically, Averina of Russia dropped her ribbon at the 2018 world championship, but still managed to win a gold medal.