The sports world about the situation in Ukraine: Ovtcharov did not think about sports out of concern for his grandmother

The world of sports for the war in Ukraine: Concerned about the Ukrainian grandmother: Table tennis star Ovtcharov did not think about sports

The world of sports is also reacting to the situation in Ukraine. Out of concern for his Ukrainian grandmother, table tennis star Dimitry Ovtcharov did not focus on sports, but on rescuing his grandmother. All reports in the note on FOCUS Online.

Concerned about grandmother in Ukraine: Ovtcharov did not think about table tennis

Tuesday, April 26, 08:13: German table tennis player Dimitrij Ovtcharov has temporarily neglected his sport after the Russian occupation of Ukraine out of concern for his grandmother. “In the beginning I did not even play table tennis, I just thought about how I could bring my grandmother from Kiev,” the Olympic bronze medalist said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Tuesday).

It took a long time before they managed to bring the 85-year-old grandmother from her apartment in Germany, the national table tennis team reported. “Friends spontaneously took her in the car, she only had her bag and passport with her,” Ovtcharov said.

Only then did he decide, along with his father Michail, a former table tennis player in the Soviet Union, “that it is impossible for him to continue playing for Orenburg”. The two-time European champion then announced via Instagram in mid-April that he was leaving the main Russian club Fakel Orenburg. “But I made a conscious decision not to publish the post until a few weeks later, because it was more important to help my grandmother and the people and clarify a few things for me,” Ovcharov said.

The seventh born in Kiev in the world rankings returns to the German Bundesliga as part of a spectacular project. Together with the wonderful Japanese child Tomokazu Harimoto, Swedish World Cup runner-up Truls Möregardh and world-ranked Taiwan Lin Yun-Ju sixth, Ovtcharov will play for the TTC Neu-Ulm club, which was founded only in 2019. , in the next Bundesliga and Champions League season to play.

Fina considers the start of the suspended Russian swimmer

Monday, April 25, 6:15 p.m. The World Swimming Association Fina has launched an investigation into the start of currently suspended Russian Olympic champion Yevgeny Rylow in the national championships. The 25-year-old is currently banned from racing for nine months due to his participation in a pro-war rally.

“Fina is aware that Mr Rylow took part in the Russian championship last weekend and has launched an investigation into whether Fina’s sanctions or rules have been violated,” the world news agency told the AP news agency on Monday. The result of the investigation must be published in a timely manner.

Rylov was detained for his presence and conduct at an event at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Russian President Vladimir Putin also took part in the event. Putin wants to meet with Olympic participants on Tuesday.

President of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov told Russian broadcaster Match TV that the national championship will not be counted as a Fina race. Rylow won the gold medal in the 100 meters and 200 meters backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics last year.

It is about the war – the debate between Tymoshchuk and Yarmolenko escalates

Tuesday, April 19, 15:10: Former Bayern professional and Ukrainian national team player Anatoly Tymoshtschuk is an assistant coach at Russian first-tier club Zenit St. Petersburg. For this reason, he was criticized from the beginning of the occupation.

The 32-year-old was called up by one of his former international friends – West Ham star Andriy Jarmolenko. During the telephone conversation there was a heated debate where the two professionals had savage insults to each other. In an interview with Russian blogger Yevgeny Savin, Yarmolenko recounted the conversation: “I told him he was a role model for me, but now he no longer exists for me. He then said, ‘Watch.’ I answered the same thing and that was it. “

The argument was apparently triggered by a message from Jarmolenko, as he himself says. When asked, “How do you sleep at night?” Tymoschtschuk reportedly replied: “Not as good as you.” Then the phone call should have happened.

Switzerland for sanctions against senior Russian officials

Saturday, April 16, 14:05: Switzerland defends the exclusion of officials from Russia and Belarus from key positions in international sports federations. This comes from a letter from the Minister of Sports and Defense Viola Amherd to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Federal Office for Sport confirmed the letter, which was first reported by the Swiss group Tamedia on Saturday.

Given the situation in Ukraine, it is no longer enough to exclude athletes from both countries from competitions abroad, the letter said.

Many top associations are located in Switzerland, including the IOC, the FIFA and UEFA football associations, the European Athletics Association, the World Basketball Federation, international equestrian, fencing and swimming associations and many more. Clubs are usually organized privately. The Swiss government believes the IOC could put pressure on associations, for example by threatening to expel them from the Olympic family, according to a spokesman for the Federal Office for Sport. The IOC was asked to comment.

Dortmund denies charity game against Dynamo Kyiv

Friday, April 8, 4:30 p.m. Borussia Dortmund is playing a charity game in aid of Ukraine, which has been affected by the Russian war of aggression. As the Bundesliga club announced on Friday, coach Marco Rose’s team will play against top Ukrainian club Dynamo Kyiv on April 26 at Signal Iduna Park.

“Football is the best thing in the world. But there are things that are much more important. Peace, Health, Homeland, Education. In the middle of Europe, all this is no longer a clear issue. And it hurts a lot. “We stand by the Ukrainians,” said managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke.

According to BVB, the net proceeds from the match, which takes place just three days after the best match against FC Bayern, will benefit an organization “which we are currently carefully choosing and ensuring that Ukrainians in need are helped immediately”. “We are happy for every football fan, no matter what color he is, and every person who buys a ticket to help the Ukrainians who have been hit so hard by the war,” said coach Rose.

Dortmund has invited the team and coaching staff and supporters of the Ukrainian club to Dortmund. BVB would like to know the starting time after consulting with UEFA.

Bundesliga match censored: Russian television interrupts BVB broadcast

Tuesday, April 5, 11:24: Russian television station MatchTV broadcast the BVB Bundesliga match against RB Leipzig on Saturday – but only part of the game. Because shortly before the end of the first part, the broadcast was abruptly interrupted. The reason for the censorship of the broadcast was the pro-Ukrainian embassies in Signal Iduna Park. For example, the call “Stop War” and the hashtag “StandWithUkraine” can be read on the large screen table.

Russian channel commentator Igor Kytmanov said: “Unfortunately, we have to cancel the broadcast for reasons we can not control. The general rule is that football and politics should be considered separately, but this rule does not always apply in the Bundesliga, it is respected. “.

This decision will probably have consequences. The DFL had already announced in early March that it would donate one million euros to Ukraine. All proceeds from the television contract with Russia must flow into the donation. This was not deliberately interrupted so that “anti-war calls and calls for peace from German stadiums could continue to reach the Russian population,” the DFL said. In this context, it became clear: If “the basic television signal were to be repeatedly censored, this would result in an extraordinary termination by the DFL”.

Ukrainian Pidruchny criticizes biathlon star Fourcade and brother

Monday, April 4, 14:40: Ukrainian biathlete Dmytro Pidruchnji harshly criticized French star Martin Fourcade (33) and Simon Fourcade (37) after an interview with the eldest of the two brothers. “Martin and Simon, go to hell. “I hope your children never feel the pain of Ukrainian children,” Pidrushnyi wrote on Instagram.


Pidrichnyi, who, like other athletes in his country, is fighting in the army against the Russian invaders, was angered by Simon Fourcade’s statements on the Russian television channel Match. There he described the exclusion of the Russians as a “big mistake”. Moreover, the French junior biathlon coach had cut a French flag at the World Junior Championships in Soldier Hollow (USA), which ended on Sunday, in protest against the banning of the Russian flag, and hung it in the wax booth of Russians. , which was used only in the World Cup learned about their ban at the start.

“I am sorry that I voted for Martin in the committee of the NOC and that such great athletes turned out to be dirty people”, wrote 30-year-old Pidrushnyi. The five-time Olympic gold medalist, who was elected to the IOC Athletes Commission at the Beijing Winter Olympics, wrote in response to Instagram: “I understand your anger and sadness, but I do not allow you to offend anyone for disagreeing. “With what he is. said the brother! In case you forgot, my name is Martin and I have not done any interviews lately!”

Simon Fourcade also commented on social media, where he received many hateful comments: “I do not support the war and I do not support the Russian government!” At the same time, he claims that the exclusion of Russian athletes is “completely counterproductive and a great hypocrisy.” it can be.

Franz Beckenbauer sees Ukraine war “just awful”

Friday, April 1, 10:31: Franz Beckenbauer is deeply affected by the war in Ukraine. “These photos and messages coming to us from Ukraine are just awful. “Many people die, get injured or have to leave traumatized – from their homeland”, said the honorary captain of the German national football team in an interview for the magazine of the club “51”. “Fortunately, solidarity with these people in the Western world is very high and if a lot of people help, we will be able to alleviate the unimaginable suffering of refugees, at least as best we can.

In May, the Franz-Beckenbauer Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary. The institution also wants to help Ukrainians. “The foundation will do its utmost to help these people in need, especially those with disabilities or illness on an individual basis,” said the world champion as a 1974 player and coach in 1990.

Beckenbauer calls on public: “Everyone can do well”

Beckenbauer strives to maintain a positive outlook on the world. “Given the bad news from all over the world and especially now from Ukraine, one can easily create the feeling that individuals are not achieving anything. “We also want to oppose this resignation with the foundation: Everyone can do well – everyone within their means,” Beckenbauer said. “They tell themselves that nothing can be achieved. I myself have seen quite often in my life what you can achieve when you are passionate about your goals.”

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