Two-time World Champion and returning member of Eteri Tutberidze’s Khrustalny team at Sambo-70 – Evgenia Medvedeva received the honor of raising the Russian national flag for the school’s 50th anniversary.
Instagram post by the General Director of Sambo-70, Renat Laishev, and translation to English:
The event was not marked without controversy, as fans quickly noticed that Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova was not present at the festivities. General Director of the Sports and Education Center “Sambo-70”, Renat Laishev, told reporters that the plan was to have both Medvedeva and Zagitova participate in the flag raising ceremony; however, according to Laishev, Zagitova was busy filming the ice skating show Ice Age for Channel One.
After Zagitova made a post on Instagram, a fan asked the 18-year-old why she was not present at the anniversary festivities. Zagitova’s response was: “they didn’t call me.”
Alina Zagitova’s response to a fan on her Instagram post:
Medvedeva also made a post on social media for the anniversary of Sambo-70. The popular Russian athlete congratulated the school in an Instagram story. Medvedeva is scheduled to participate in the second stage of the Cup of Russia series on the weekend of October 10, and will have the school’s famed coach Tutberidze by her side again for the first time since the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Evgenia Medvedeva’s Instagram post and translation to English: