Russia excluded from the world of sports prepares for that response

I was able to believe it in an invitation launched by Oleg Matytsin a few days ago during an interview with the Russian sports daily. Sovetsky Sports When Sports Express..Russian Sports Minister invited countries friend Of major competition in Russia.

Next July, we will hold the National University Convention, the Russian Universiade.When we speak Friendly country, We can logically think of Belarus and China, or the former Soviet Republic like Kazakhstan. This invitation, issued by Russia, appears to be a direct response to the sanctions imposed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the League of Nations.

But looking back a bit on history, Minister Mattisin’s gestures are not trivial. Radio-Canada Sports talked about it with Jean Lévesque, a professor of history at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

In 1922, the Soviet Union put sports at the heart of communist idealism. Next, I would like to introduce a new Soviet person. In 1928, the Soviet Union wanted to separate itself from the Olympic Movement, which was considered too bourgeois and capitalist, and created its own game, Spartakiad.

The name is said to have been chosen to remind us of the story of the famous slave Spartacus, who rebelled against the Roman Republic. So at the time, we wanted to move away from bourgeois sports and talk about sports, especially those related to public health. Jean Lévesque explains.

1924, on va créer l’Internationale du sport rouge pour aller à l’encontre du sport capitaliste, sans valeurs bourgeoises, explique M.Lévesque. À l’époque, les Soviétiques ne sont pas vraiment dans l’esprit de compétition internationale. Ils sont plus dans l’esprit de la santé publique en offrant un modèle sain à la population. Ils vont donc décider de compétitionner entre “camarades”. Cette affiliation à l’Internationale du sport rouge va permettre un autre modèle. On va donc organiser les premières Spartakiades à Moscou, où les communistes de tous les pays vont pouvoir y participer.”,”text”:”En1924, on va créer l’Internationale du sport rouge pour aller à l’encontre du sport capitaliste, sans valeurs bourgeoises, explique M.Lévesque. À l’époque, les Soviétiques ne sont pas vraiment dans l’esprit de compétition internationale. Ils sont plus dans l’esprit de la santé publique en offrant un modèle sain à la population. Ils vont donc décider de compétitionner entre “camarades”. Cette affiliation à l’Internationale du sport rouge va permettre un autre modèle. On va donc organiser les premières Spartakiades à Moscou, où les communistes de tous les pays vont pouvoir y participer.”}}”>In 1924, he plans to create an International Dusport Rouge to counter capitalist sports without bourgeois values. At that time, the Soviet Union did not really have the spirit of international competition. They are more based on the spirit of public health by providing a healthy model for the public. Therefore, they decide to compete among “comrades”. This partnership with Red Sports International enables another model. Therefore, we will organize the first Spartakiad in Moscow. There, Communists from all countries can participate.

So the invitation letter issued by the Minister of Sport of Russia to the countries friend Is it a response to the IOC and the League of Nations? Yes, no, according to Jean Lévesque.

In the medium to long term, Russians will want to reintegrate into the realm of sports around the world. However, they are certainly communication experts, and sometimes they have to read between the lines of the message they want to send. I suspect the Russians are preparing to build coalitions with the BRICS countries, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to eliminate the CIO from the exclusive Western nations.

Lévesque. On pourrait donc assister à un groupe de pays “amis” qui pourrait faire front et changer les règles des grandes instances sportives internationales. Imaginez la puissance qu’aurait ce bloc, avec les Russes associés aux puissants Chinois, qui pourrait facilement contrecarrer l’influence traditionnelle des Occidentaux dans le mouvement olympique.”,”text”:”Ils vont aussi essayer de peser sur la réélection de Thomas Bach qui, jusqu’à l’invasion de l’Ukraine, avait été tendre avec les Russes, poursuit M.Lévesque. On pourrait donc assister à un groupe de pays “amis” qui pourrait faire front et changer les règles des grandes instances sportives internationales. Imaginez la puissance qu’aurait ce bloc, avec les Russes associés aux puissants Chinois, qui pourrait facilement contrecarrer l’influence traditionnelle des Occidentaux dans le mouvement olympique.”}}”>They also try to influence the re-election of Thomas Bach, who was kind to the Russians until the invasion of Ukraine, and continues Mr. Levesque. Therefore, we were able to witness a group of “friendly” countries that could stand up and change the rules of major international sports organizations. Imagine the power of this block. The Russians have a relationship with the powerful Chinese and can easily thwart the traditional influence of the West on the Olympic movement.

A lecturer at the University of Nantes Sylvain du Fries, where Radio Canada Sports has joined France, agrees with this opinion.

He emphasizes that the message from the Minister of Sport of Russia is a message to international organizations to inform them that the exclusion or alienation of Russians may lead to parallel organizations. With this message, we would like to promote negotiations with the IOC and international organizations and reconsider our decisions.

For Sylvain Dufraisse Friendly country Reminiscent of the 1928 Spartakiad is less than another major sporting event held during the boycott of the 1980s Los Angeles Games.

1980, à Moscou, pour organiser les “Jeux de l’amitié”, se souvient M.Dufraisse. Ces Jeux étaient une réponse à la non-participation aux Jeux de Los Angeles. On avait alors invité les États alliés – la République démocratique allemande, la Tchécoslovaquie, la Bulgarie, la Hongrie, la Pologne, le Vietnam –, mais on avait également rassemblé des athlètes d’Afghanistan, d’Argentine, d’Algérie et même de France.”,”text”:”En 1984, les Russes avaient utilisé les installations des Jeux olympiques de1980, à Moscou, pour organiser les “Jeux de l’amitié”, se souvient M.Dufraisse. Ces Jeux étaient une réponse à la non-participation aux Jeux de Los Angeles. On avait alors invité les États alliés – la République démocratique allemande, la Tchécoslovaquie, la Bulgarie, la Hongrie, la Pologne, le Vietnam –, mais on avait également rassemblé des athlètes d’Afghanistan, d’Argentine, d’Algérie et même de France.”}}”>In 1984, he recalls, the Russians used the facilities of the 1980 Moscow Olympics to hold a “friendship game”. These games were a reaction to non-participation in the Los Angeles game. Next, we invited allies (German Democratic Republic, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Vietnam), but also gathered players from Afghanistan, Argentina, Algeria and even France.

So we see the same logical sequence here, he adds. When Russians face obstacles to participation, we are in a hurry to organize parallel competition as an answer. Therefore, Russia resumes the old attitude of the Soviet Union. Therefore, in the gesture of Oleg Matytsin, we can see the desire to propose a new geography of the international sports world by relying on his allies.

“” However, the IOC hates this kind of conflict and has shown it throughout history. One of the IOC’s best tactics is to avoid opposition that can harm the IOC. Therefore, we can expect a way out of the crisis, and the IOC and the League of Nations are finding new compromises to reunite the world of sports under the non-political flag. »»

— — Quote from Lecturer at Nantes University, Sylvain Dufraisse

Russia does not seem to be aware that the sports world has banned her, and she continues to act as if nothing had happened. She recently applied for an organization for Euro Soccer 2028 or 2032. As if that wasn’t enough, she also considered applying for a World Handball Championship in 2029 or 2031 in collaboration with China.

If Russia does not prepare for a response, it is very similar.