Russian Gymnast Khorkina Says Tokyo 2020 Postponement Is Punishment From God

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games were officially postponed earlier this week by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a result of the ongoing spread of the COVIF-19 virus. The announcement was met with a general chorus of agreement from many would-be 2020 Olympians. International swimming stars Chad le Clos, Sarah Sjostrom, Lily King were among those who publicly backed the decision.

One athlete who was also in agreement with the postponement, but with a much different take on the matter is retired Russian gymnast and two-time Olympic Champion, Svetlana Khorkina. Khorkina took gold on the uneven bars in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000. Saying that “in the current situation of uncertainty caused by the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, this decision serves the interests of athletes, coaches, and spectators”, Khorkina also acknowledges that the “health and safety of people are the top priority for everyone.”

Oleg Matysin, Russia’s Sport Minister echoed Khorkina’s support, saying “we respect the decision by the IOC and the Government of Japan to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.”

She went on, however, to claim that the cancellation of the Tokyo 2020 is a form of punishment sent from God to the sporting community. Specifically, she believes that the postponement is a punishment from God for the World Anti-Doping Agency’s 2019 banning of Russia from all international sporting competitions for the next four years which would include the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“I think this all happened because they shouldn’t have offended Russia, including our athletes,” said Khorkina. “There is a reason why there is a line in our national anthem that says our land is protected by the Lord.”

Khorkina’s comments come holding much weight in the Russian sporting community as she is widely regarded as one of the most successful gymnasts in Russian history. While Russia’s ban will still be in effect come the 2021 version of the Olympics, Russian athletes will still be permitted to compete as unattached athletes if they meet certain other guidelines.

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Ragnar
1 year ago

That is quite a hot take

sven
Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

She’s 100% correct. This punishment is about sports. Not human trafficking, destroying the environment, the entire marketing and advertising industry, wars, or the various child abuse scandals of churches and youth organizations…

God is mad about sports.

Pvdh
1 year ago

Dean doesn’t care about Russian sporting eligibility

eagleswim
1 year ago

finally, someone is able to make sense of all of this

SWIMGUY12345
1 year ago

I needed a good laugh today.

Svird
1 year ago

Swimswam why are you posting a quote from a random Russian gymnast lmao. Just trying to start drama lol

itsyaboi
Reply to  Svird
1 year ago

it is, in fact, quaranTEAne time.

612
Reply to  itsyaboi
1 year ago

WhAtS tHe TeA¿?¿?

Pvdh
Reply to  Svird
1 year ago

what else we gonna do sitting at home 24 hours a day

ALEXANDER POP-OFF
Reply to  Svird
1 year ago

The quote is a mess to be sure but calling Khorkina, a legend, random, is like calling Natalie Coughlin random!

Sophie
Reply to  Svird
1 year ago

For what it’s worth, Khorkina is credited as being one of the best gymnasts in history, so not exactly “random” so to speak. But agreed that it’s kind of weird to bring her up on a site dedicated to swimming news.

Devin
1 year ago

Mental illness is no joke

Kelly Mojica
Reply to  Devin
1 year ago

It’s not mental illness, it’s facts. If you believe in him. This is a punishment from God. People that believe in God wanna all the sudden ask for forgiveness when he shows his power. Because people claim they religiously but never act like it.

Snarky
Reply to  Kelly Mojica
1 year ago

Put down the Koolaid.

Devin
Reply to  Kelly Mojica
1 year ago

Are you okay

Anonymoose
Reply to  Kelly Mojica
1 year ago

No in fact nobody does that. Nobody thinks that god‘s showing off his power rn

Nswim
1 year ago

I completely forgot about the ban of Russia, this is shaping up to be a crazy Olympics whenever it happens

swimmertx
1 year ago

*raised eyebrow emoji*