The sports community is deeply disappointed by the recent statements made by Russian gymnast Daniel Marinov. He is facing strong condemnation for his public attempts to justify Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. These remarks not only run counter to the principles of sportsmanship but also contribute to the perpetuation of a conflict that has resulted in significant humanitarian suffering and loss of life.
Gymnasts, like all athletes, are often seen as role models who can influence public opinion. Marinov's statements are not in line with the values that underpin the world of sports, which include fair play, compassion, and unity. Such actions risk damaging the reputation of athletes and their sports as a whole.