One of Russia’s leaders on the court, Maksim Mikhaylov, shared his thoughts on the reasons for the failure and agreed Russian Volleyball Federation should reduce a number of foreign players in the national championship.
He had another interesting observation but it was mostly in regard to the Rio Olympics organization.
„For me, this was third Olympics, and, frankly, memories about it will be the scarcest. It was justifiably written everywhere: the level of this Games cannot even be compared to London and Beijing. Eight years have passed and the level of organization was then much higher than now. There was a lot of dirt around, a lot of soldiers with weapons. We had the feeling that we were constantly under threat of attack. There was not a sports atmosphere. There was situation of some kind of a political warfare,“ Mikhaylov said to „R-Sport“.
His teammate Sergey Tetyukhin stated that he had a feeling in Rio that athletes from other countries didn’t like Russia and its athletes. Mikhaylov disagreed by saying that he didn’t feel any type of unkindness from the others.
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