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'Just Like Festival': Russian Champion of BRICS Games on Spirit of Event & Politicization of Sport

© SputnikEmilia Tangara (Russia), winner of the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles at the BRICS Games, at the awards ceremony.
Emilia Tangara (Russia), winner of the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles at the BRICS Games, at the awards ceremony. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 20.06.2024
The BRICS Games 2024 are being held for the sixth time. Previously, they were held in 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, and 2023. The sports event attracts thousands of both athletes and spectators year after year.
With the BRICS Games taking place in the Russian city of Kazan, Sputnik Africa talked to Emilia Tangara, a Russian track and field athlete with Malian roots, about the event.
She noted that the Games truly embodied the spirit of celebration, saying that upon arrival in the village, the athletes were welcomed with songs and dances. She appreciated the variety of events that were prepared to make the Games feel like a festival. Tangara added that the viewers were very supportive and cheerful.
The athlete also said that politicizing sports is “unfair.”

“Well, of course it's unfair. I don’t even know what else I can say. I personally don’t understand all this [politicizing],” she said.

The BRICS Games are taking place in Kazan, Russia, from June 12 to 23. This international event has attracted nearly 5,000 athletes representing approximately 90 countries. Competitors are vying for victory in 387 different medal events, making it a significant and diverse gathering of global athletic talent.
Kazan, known for its rich history and vibrant culture, is providing a dynamic backdrop for this prestigious competition, further enhancing the experience for participants and spectators alike.
Sergey Shubenkov (Russia), Artem Makarenko (Russia) and Ergash Normuradov (Uzbekistan) in the men's 110m hurdles final at the BRICS Games in Kazan. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 16.06.2024
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