Russian handball coach Yevgeny Trefilov is facing criticism after publicly supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In a recent interview, Trefilov expressed his support for President Vladimir Putin's actions and dismissed concerns about the impact on Russian athletes and the wider sporting community. His comments have drawn condemnation from many in the international sports world, who have called for consequences for athletes and coaches who publicly support the invasion.
Trefilov is a well-known figure in Russian handball, having coached the national team to multiple European and world championship titles. He is also a member of the Coaching Council of the Russian Handball Federation. However, his recent comments have raised questions about his suitability to hold such positions, as well as the broader issue of political influence in sports.
Many in the international community have called for sanctions against individuals who publicly support Russia's invasion of Ukraine, including potential bans from future sporting events.