After Skating Debacle, Bach Takes Rare Shots At Russians

Feb 18, 2022, 7:30 AM
IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Thomas Bach - Beijing 2022...
(L-R) Christophe Dubi, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Thomas Bach, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) President and Mark Adams, IOC Spokesperson speaks to the media during the IOC President's Press Conference during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Main Media Centre on February 18, 2022 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

BEIJING (AP) — A worldwide wave of sympathy has flowed to Kamila Valieva for the ordeal she endured at the Beijing Olympics.

IOC President Thomas Bach joined on Friday, giving a rare rebuke to the Russian coaches.

It was a change in tone for Bach, who has defended Russian efforts to remain in the Olympics despite a massive doping scandal starting in 2014.

Millions of viewers watching one of the marquee Olympic events cringed when Valieva’s coach greeted her with criticism after a mistake-filled routine.

Bach says he was “very disturbed” watching, Valieva entourage’s “tremendous coldness” to her.

Russian officials struck back at Bach, saying the IOC and the media have bullied the 15-year-old since she tested positive for a banned substance.

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Just a year after Japan’s summer Olympics, the Games are back for a winter show in Beijing, China. The unusually short gap between Games is due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Strict precautions and enforced virus prevention protocol are in place to help keep athletes, coaches and personnel safe. 

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