The reaction of athletes in the joke TarpishchevThe International Olympic Committee said it was waiting for explanations from the President of the Russian Tennis Federation Shamil Tarpishchev in connection with his joke about the famous tennis players Serena and Venus Williams.
Tarpischev has been a member of the IOC for almost 20 years. Previously, he was suspended for a year from work with the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). This organization also fined him 25 thousand dollars.
At the same time, the IOC noted that they took note of the public apologies of the President of the RTF, as well as the fact that the WTA sanctions had already been adopted against him.
Unsuccessful joke TarpishchevOn October 7, on the “Evening Urgant” show, the former head coach of the USSR national tennis team called the Williams sisters the “Williams Brothers”. The joke was greeted by the audience coolly, and the reaction of the world community was not long in coming.
Tarpishchev hastened to make a public apology, noting that he had great respect for the Williams sisters and their achievements. According to the captain of the Russian national tennis team, his joke was taken out of context.