Russian skier Alexei Chervotkin is facing criticism for his attendance at a recent official event with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The event took place after Russia's invasion of Ukraine and was a meeting with the Beijing 2022 Olympic champions. Many people have expressed disappointment that Chervotkin, as a public figure, would choose to participate in a political event that aims to legitimize Russia's aggression against Ukraine.
Chervotkin's attendance has raised concerns about the politicization of sports and the role of athletes in promoting political agendas. Some have argued that athletes should focus on their sports and leave politics aside.