Russia staged an amazing comeback in a decider against Korea, at home in Kaliningrad, and secured a spot in the Olympics in Tokyo. The players and members of the coaching staff of “Zbornaya“ were delighted after the win and wanted to share the joy with the crowd in the hall. But, some of them did it in an inappropriate way.
The assistant coach Sergio Busato posed for a photo by pulling back his eyes with both hands, which is a gesture that is usually used to mock physical characteristics of Asian people. Korean media stressed that pulling back eyes is not allowed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is considered an act of racism.
The Korean Volleyball Association (KVA) decided to formally protest against the racist behavior of the Russian coach, Yonhap News Agency reported. The complaint has been sent to addresses of an International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and All-Russian Volleyball Federation (VFV), in which KVA demanded disciplinary action against the Italian.
“The FIVB is considering whether to take disciplinary action in regard to the victory celebration. We have made a formal protest in order to prevent recurrence of such acts,“ The KVA official said to the same news agency.
This was not the first time that this happened in the Volleyball world. Two years ago, Serbia Women’s national team celebrated the qualification for the 2018 FIVB World Championship by posing for a group photo in which nearly all players made the same act as Busato. They explained afterward that they did not mock Asians but only showed they will be the part of the World Championship in Japan.
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