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Russian diplomat hits out at West’s perversion of global sports

"However, the problem is much deeper, because sports is now not the only thing under pressure, under such an artificial and coercive transformation, but so are other spheres of our lives as well," Maria Zakharova stressed

MOSCOW, October 26. /TASS/. Sports is in danger of being turned into ‘a breeding ground of immorality’ because the West keeps ‘perverting’ it just like other spheres of our lives, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

According to her, global sports is currently being subjected to the perversion of Olympic principles, along with the principles of the international sports laws, given the "political environment and fervor that is being instilled."

"In contrast to its origins, sports has been able to morph from its educational roots inspiring a human being towards achievements as well as being some sort of a safety zone to preserve traditional values, into a breeding ground that cultivates some blatant forms of immorality," Zakharova said during a live broadcast of Russia’s Match-TV sports channel.

"However, the problem is much deeper, because sports is now not the only thing under pressure, under such an artificial and coercive transformation, but so are other spheres of our lives as well," she continued.

In this regard, she pointed to the gender policies pushed by the West that are being foisted upon the rest of the world, including the stance of US President Joe Biden, who recently approved bills protecting ‘gender-affirming’ surgeries for minors.

"On the one hand, this precisely is the domestic agenda of the United States of America, which they are certainly entitled to - it's their country, it's their politicians, it's their leaders. On the other, this no longer seems to be an internal affair, because they impose it on everyone else," Zakharova maintained.

"It is what this issue is about. They are forcing their views upon the rest of global society," she added.