The past summer Olympic Games in Tokyo were more difficult due to the lack of spectators and the performance of Russians without the flag and anthem of their country, the famous synchronized swimmer Alexandra Patskevich said in an interview with Izvestia. In the capital of Japan, she won gold as part of the ROC team in the group competition.
This was the third victory of the 32-year-old athlete at the Olympics. Previously, she won the highest award in a similar discipline at the 2012 Games in London and 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. In Tokyo, due to anti-doping sanctions, athletes performed without the Russian flag, and the Russian anthem was not played at the gold medal awards. Most of the competitions at the Olympics were held without spectators due to the pandemic.
“The games in Tokyo were harder,” Patskevich told Izvestia. – Firstly, this Olympics was postponed for a year, which affected the preparation. Secondly, there were no spectators at the competition – this affects the emotions during the performance. And, of course, the most important thing – we performed without a flag or anthem. But Russia is always in our heart. In general, the previous Olympics, when there was no pandemic, were a little easier in every sense. I would like the world to return to the old as soon as possible: so that spectators can be present in the stands, so that we can again fully enjoy the sport.
Many athletes noted that they benefited from the postponement of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo for one year due to the pandemic. However, the synchronized star thinks differently.
“I don’t see any advantage here,” said Patskevich. – It would be better and more pleasant if we performed last year, if there was no pandemic and no one was sick. And our spectators and fans could watch the competition live and enjoy our performances.
The next Olympic Games will be held in 2024 in Paris.
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