Russian former biathlete Olga Zaytseva has come under fire after publicly supporting the annexation of Ukraine's occupied territories by Russia. In an interview, Zaytseva stated her belief that Donetsk and Luhansk should be a part of Russia. Her comments have sparked outrage among Ukrainians and members of the international community.
Zaytseva was a highly decorated athlete, having won six Olympic medals and multiple world championships during her career. However, her views are not consistent with the values of the sport, which include respect, tolerance, and non-discrimination. Many have criticized her for using her platform to promote divisive and harmful rhetoric.