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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Alexei Kuroshov, president of the Russian Freestyle Federation, has condemned US and Canadian authorities for blocking Russian athletes from participating in the World Winter Games due to vaccinations against the corona virus.

“The United States and Canada restrict the entry of those who have not been vaccinated with compounds approved by the WHO (World Health Organization). Both countries do not allow those who have been vaccinated with vaccines developed in Russia,” he said. Sputnik.

The two North American nations are hosting different stages of the Freestyle World Cup this month and January. The Russian team consists of about 80 athletes, many of whom are Olympic and world champions.

To date, the WHO has approved eight vaccines for emergency use: AstraZeneca, Kovacsin, Covshield (Indian variant of AstraZeneca), Johnson & Johnson / Johnson, Modernna, Pfizer, Sinoform and Sinovac.

The United States, for its part, registered only three national vaccines: Johnson & Johnson / Johnson, Moderna and Pfizer.

The WHO is in the process of approving the world’s first registered Russian Sputnik V vaccine. The compound, which is more than 97% effective, is already recognized by 71 countries, making up a total of 4,000 million people, more than half of the world’s population.

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Kuroshov warned that the situation was very important because freestyle depended on North American conditions.

“60% of acrobatics, moguls, ski cross, halfway, big air and slope style competitions are held in the United States and Canada,” he explained.

The head of the sport pointed out that the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) could not change the situation.

Kuroshov denies that Russian athletes will not be able to qualify for the next Olympics if the problem is not resolved.

“It’s completely unfair and unreasonable because some athletes do not have the opportunity to participate in sports,” he stressed.

American and Canadian organizers of sporting events have recommended that Russian athletes be vaccinated with compounds from other countries.

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