Russian kickboxing athlete and politician Batu Hasikov has come under fire for his recent public statements supporting Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. In a series of social media posts, Hasikov expressed his support for the recent attack on Ukraine.
Hasikov's statements have been met with widespread condemnation from the international community, with many calling for him to be held accountable for promoting violence and supporting illegal actions. As a public figure with a large following, his statements are seen as an abuse of his platform.
Many are calling for sports organizations to take a more active role in promoting responsible behavior by athletes and to take action against those who use their platform for promoting harmful political ideologies.