"I am not judging anyone here strictly, it is obvious that the fact that they do not participate in competitions is the result of politically motivated decisions of sports organizations. They're a shame. For everyone, including, of course, the Olympic Committee and its leadership, "RIA Novosti quoted Medvedev as saying.
He also noted that sport is going through difficult times and for athletes this is a colossal test.
On January 25, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) called on the federations for various sports to consider the possibility of admitting Russians in a neutral status.
The meeting of the IOC Executive Committee will be held from March 28 to 30.
Earlier, The Minister of Sports Oleg Matytsin spoke about the imminent possible admission of Russians to participate in international competitions.