MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has promised to pay special attention to legal support for Russian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, because the issue of politicization in sports is still high on the agenda.
"We will pay special attention to diplomatic and legal support for the Russian athletes and coaches during the forthcoming Olympics," Putin said at a meeting with the Olympic team ahead of the Games. In his opinion, "the issue of politicization in sports is regrettably still high on the agenda."
"The interests of our athletes must be protected from any arbitrariness, including decisions that some countries try to impose on the whole world far beyond the bounds of their national jurisdictions," the Russian leader said.
"I am asking colleagues in the organizations concerned to pay special attention to this," Putin said.
"These attempts to dictate laws beyond the national borders not only draw our own attention and cause some discontent. They evoke the same reaction around the world and from the anti-doping agency itself," Putin stressed.