IOC condemns athletes for disrespectful attitude to Yefimova

Thus, IOC reminded all participants of the Games about the Olympic values.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has condemned athletes for the disrespectful attitude to each other during the Olympic competitions, including to Russian four-time world swimming champion Yulia Yefimova, IOC Communications Director Mark Adams said at a briefing.

On August 9, the third day of competitions, Yefimova won a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. The American swims Lilly King and Katie Meili (gold and bronze, respectively) refused to congratulate Yefimova on her silver medal.

"This is unacceptable, we would like to remind all participants of the Games about the Olympic values. The Olympic village is the personification. Even after the event they still meet together, spend free time together, having dinner together. We believe that build bridges, not erect walls, but for many reasons, athletes are unable to shake hands with each other, it is shameful and unacceptable," he said.

"We would want every case of this behavior would be known to us, but generally we frown appearing between athletes conflict," said Adams when asked by TASS about the disrespectful attitude of a number of athletes to their Russian fellow-athletes.

A day earlier on Friday, Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent Or Sasson after defeat in the first round.


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