It turns out that the former biathlete made a sacrifice to support ours.
Simon Fourcade / Photo: © Simon Fourcade’s personal archive
At the time of the most serious pressure on the athletes of our country, the biathletes of the junior team were at the World Championships in the United States. Right in the course of the competition, the organizers imposed sanctions on our team and deprived it of the flag and anthem.
The act of Simon Fourcade, who demonstratively glued the Russian flag to the wax booth, caused a wide resonance.
It turned out that the Frenchman sacrificed his tricolor for the sake of Russia. Rare nobility.
“Respect and love”
By the time the decision came into force on the possibility of our team performing only in the status of neutral athletes, several races have already taken place at the world championships. Naturally, the Russian tricolor was present on all the equipment and property of our team.
Guided by the decision of the IBU, the organizers removed the flag from the Russian wax booth. The photo with the abbreviation NAR (neutral athletes of Russia) was posted on the social network by the team’s doctor Aishat Erkenova and she signed the text: “Principles of Olympism? No, we haven’t heard. “
Unexpectedly for many, the coach of the French team Simon Fourcade agreed with our doctor. The world champion hung the Russian tricolor on the service cabin, which delighted the Russians. Erkenova immediately shared this with her subscribers, attaching a photo.
– And so we were supported by France in the person of Simon Fourcade. He glued our flag to one of the waxes. Respect and love! Erkenova wrote.
Few wondered where the brother of the five-time Olympic champion could take the Russian flag in the United States.
Support of brothers
Anastasia Batmanova performed at that world championship. The junior did not show high results, but, despite the local failure, the girl got into the media field due to an amazing fact. A month later at the Russian championship, she ran with her father for one team in the singles mix, establishing a historic achievement in this sense.
The news became the occasion for numerous interviews that father and daughter gave to journalists. Naturally, the issue of bans on performances for the Russian team was also touched upon. Answering these questions, Yuri Batmanov shared an incredible story a month ago.
“Simon Fourcade supported us.” We heard this story with the flag, but he made it out of French: he tore it up, changed the colors and pasted it on the wax booth, – said the 44-year-old biathlete “Match TV”.
Peter Pashchenko, Denis Makhaev, Yuri Batmanov and Nikita Matveev / Photo: © Dmitry Chelyapin / Match TV
It must be said that in the international context, Simon’s action is very bold and non-trivial. But at the same time, he is fully in line with the rhetoric of his more athletic brother, Martin.
“We are thinking of our Russian friends who inadvertently became part of this situation,” Martin supported Russia on his social network at about the same time as Simon.
Of course, such actions of the Fourcades did not get to the epicenter of the information field and hardly attracted the attention of international officials, but special cases of support for our team by famous athletes give strength and prove that Russian athletes are really not guilty of anything. This understanding will definitely give confidence in the long struggle for the restoration of our rights in the IBU.