The International Olympic Committee (IOC) apologized for calling Ukrainian synchronized swimmers Russian athletes at the awards ceremony. The official apology was made by the speaker of the organizing committee of the Games at a briefing.
“I would like to apologize for the situation with the Ukrainian synchronized swimmers. It was an operational error. Once again, we apologize,” he said.
On August 4, Ukrainian athletes Marta Fedyna and Anastasiia Savchuk won bronze in artistic swimming. During the awards ceremony, their victory was announced in three languages - Japanese, English, and French. During the French announcement, the reporter made the mistake of calling the Ukrainians the representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee team.
This is not the first incident in which the IOC had to apologize to Ukraine. On July 22, on the official website of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the occupied Crimea was separated from mainland Ukraine by a border. Subsequently, the error was corrected.