“We believe that both athletes and media representatives have the right to freedom of speech, while respecting Olympic values,” the IOC responded to a TASS request.

On July 28, Medvedev asked the International Tennis Federation to remove Namias, who called the Russian team's uniform at the Tokyo Olympics fraudulent.

Russian athletes are prohibited from displaying state symbols at the Tokyo Olympics in connection with sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA); at competitions they represent the team of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC, Russian Olympic Committee).

Earlier, Tarpishchev said that Medvedev had not been able to get the optimal condition for the Olympic Games.