Russian football coach Andriy Tikhonov is facing criticism for his involvement in events aimed at justifying Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. Tikhonov participated in a friendly football match as a sign of support for Russian troops, which many have viewed as a political statement rather than a sporting one.
Sports organizations and individuals around the world have condemned athletes and coaches who use their platforms to promote political agendas that cause harm and suffering. Tikhonov's participation in an event that justifies Russia's illegal actions in Ukraine is a clear example of the negative impact of politics in sports.
Many are calling for sports organizations to take action against those who use sports as a means to support political agendas. The use of sports to justify military aggression and promote harmful political ideologies is not in the spirit of sportsmanship and fair play.