While waiting for an apology from Andrey Voronkov, the head coach of the defending Russian women’s club volleyball champions Lokomotiv, Uralochka-NTMK will have to face the departure of another pillar.
After Kseniya Parubets, their top scorer last season in which they surprisingly entered the Women’s Superliga Paribet finals (which they lost to Lokomotiv), Uralochka said goodbye to the player equally deserving for such a success of the club – Ailama Cesé. Cuban outside hitter left the Ekaterinburg side following the racist offenses she received from the Lokomotiv head coach Andrey Voronkov, though not directly but clearly related to her. In the post on social media, the 21-year-old player didn’t say that she was leaving Uralochka because of racist slurs but took advantage to respond to the hype around Vornkov’s act.
“I can only say that I personally have no problem with this, even with him, who dared to disrespect me. I know who I am, I like my color, and I’m proud to wear it on my skin. I’m not ashamed of it. I like people for what they have in their hearts and for what they are capable of transmitting in everything they do, not because of their skin color, nationality, or whatever. The words he expressed against me don’t affect me at all because the problem is as a person who can’t control his insatiable ego, that in order to achieve a result he has to offend someone, which only shows the few values he has and his lack of professional ethics,“ Cesé wrote and added that she mentally beat him in the finals and with this writing she has done it again because she knows that her heart has grown by not returning hate to the one who sent her hate.