Russia found a way to punish a judge who deprived Russian gymnasts of gold at the Olympics

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Russia found a way to punish a judge who deprived Russian gymnasts of gold at the Olympics
Russia found a way to punish a judge who deprived Russian gymnasts of gold at the Olympics
27 September, 10:30Sport
The All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics has withdrawn the candidacy of Natalya Kuzmina, who led the referees in the individual and team tournaments in this discipline during the Olympics in Tokyo, from the re-election of the head of the Technical Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

Now she will not be able to judge international competitions.

Re-election was scheduled for early November. Since there are no other candidates for this position, the committee will now be chaired by Egyptian Noha Abu Shabana. There will be no representatives from Russia in this committee at least until the end of the Olympics in Paris in 2024.

Kuzmina was deprived of the opportunity to represent Russia on the committee after the Russian athletes were sued at the Tokyo Olympics. The All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics believes that the Russian woman Dina Averina "has definitely won the Olympic Games". However, she only has second place. Gold was taken by Israeli Lina Ashram. At the same time, during the performance with the tape, she made a gross mistake - she lost the object. Averina did not make such mistakes. During the Tokyo Olympics, experts noted that the judges from the very first performance underestimated the scores of Russian gymnasts.

At the same time, the FIG did not notice any violations during the judging of the athletes. The appeal of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics was also dismissed.

It's worth reminding that this is not the first scandal with the removal of Kuzmina. In 2012, she was removed from refereeing due to a corruption scandal. However, then she managed to prove in court the groundlessness of these accusations.

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