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Kremlin Spokesman Defends Yelena Isinbayeva’s Statements: Sports Community Reacts Harshly


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Kremlin Spokesman Defends Russian Olympic Athlete Yelena Isinbayeva


The spokesperson for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, has come to the defense of Russian Olympic pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva, stating that she should not face criticism for her recent statements.

Peskov’s Remarks

Peskov emphasized that the sports community’s reaction to Isinbayeva’s statement was harsh and that it was unfair to attack her without knowing the full context of the conversation. He stated that it is important to remember the pride that the sport brought to the country.

Furthermore, Peskov clarified that Isinbayeva did not condemn or criticize anyone in her remarks. He highlighted that she is simply focused on doing her job, regardless of her location. Peskov reminded everyone of the numerous times the Russian anthem was sung and the Russian flag was raised in honor of Isinbayeva’s achievements.

Isinbayeva’s Plans

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Isinbayeva announced her intention to resume her work in the Athletes’ Committee of the International Olympic Committee in September. She also shared on the social networking site VKontakte that every athlete in Russia, like in any other European country, belongs to a sports club. Isinbayeva mentioned her previous affiliation with the Moscow club CSKA, where she received prestigious awards.

Charitable Work

Isinbayeva highlighted her philanthropic efforts, including the establishment of her own charitable foundation. The foundation focuses on developing sports among youth and children with special needs. Isinbayeva mentioned that they have built over 90 sports grounds, organized athletics competitions, identified talented children, and equipped orphanages with sports equipment.

Change of Residence

In addition, Isinbayeva made the decision to relocate to the Canary Islands in Spain even before this recent controversy.



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