The opening ceremony of the 39th International Sport Movies & TV Film Festival 2021 took place in Milan yesterday evening. The 38-year-old Russian gymnast and public figure Alina Kabaeva was awarded the highest award of the festival. The decision to award the famous athlete the Wreath of Honor, which is also popularly called the “sports” Oscar, was made by the International Federation of Film and Television in the Field of Sports – it consists of representatives from 123 countries.
Alina Kabaeva was awarded the “Sports” Oscar for the popularization of sports. First of all, the activity of the Olympic champion in promoting sports among young people was noted. This is the Alina international children's charity festival, which Kabaeva has been holding since 2009.
Irina Viner-Usmanova, President of the All-Russian Federation of Rhythmic Gymnastics, has already congratulated Kabaeva on the next honorary award. She expressed pride in her pupil and admitted that she wanted to personally convey her congratulations as soon as possible.
This is a very prestigious award. It is received by the best of the best in sports. I am extremely glad that it was Alina who was presented with this award. She is really a fan of rhythmic gymnastics, and indeed of the whole sport in general. Kabaeva worries heart and soul for rhythmic gymnastics. She straightened her shoulders at any time of the day and is ready to go forward and fight for this sport. Congratulations to Alina on this award! She is a great fellow, I want to hug and kiss her!
– said Viner-Usmanova in an interview with Sport-Express.
Recall that recently a scandal erupted on the network with the participation of Alina Kabaeva and Lyaysan Utyasheva. Then the two gymnasts shared opposing views on the outcome of the rhythmic gymnastics competition at the Tokyo Olympics. We are talking about unfair, in the opinion of many, refereeing at competitions, because of which Russia for the first time in 25 years did not receive the highest dignity award in rhythmic gymnastics. Then the gold was won by an athlete from Israel Lina Ashram, and our compatriot Dina Averina got silver.
Utyasheva then praised Lina Ashram and said that she “snatched victory” from Averina. Kabaeva, who is a two-time world champion and multiple champion of Europe and Russia, called the refereeing at the Olympics shameful and unfair. She also stated that Laysan has no right to speculate on this topic, because she has not won any significant awards in her career. Later, Kabaeva was supported by the Russian figure skater and Olympic champion Irina Slutskaya. She doubted Utyasheva's professional merits and said that she owed all her successes to the rhythmic gymnastics coach Irina Viner-Usmanova.
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