The Governor of Odessa Mikhail Saakashvili expressed extreme indignation at the disastrous performance of the Ukrainian athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Due to the fact that the country showed a result worse than Azerbaijan, Kenya and Jamaica, he demanded the resignation of the Minister of youth and sports of Ukraine Igor Zhdanov.
Angry tirade by the former President of Georgia, and nowadays the head of the Odessa regional state administration Mikhail Saakashvili broke out on his page in Facebook. He called the results of the Ukrainian team at the Olympics in Rio “catastrophic”. The Governor noted that in the overall medal standings, Ukraine is ahead of countries such as Kazakhstan, Hungary, Cuba, Kenya, Jamaica. Especially Saakashvili said that Georgia, which is ten times less than in Ukraine as many medals as the Ukraine (Ukraine – 11, Georgia – 7, while each country has 2 gold ed.).
“Usually after such a failure, at least the Minister of sports should resign. I suspect that in terms of why under which government was formed, this does not happen,” – said in his message to Saakashvili.
We will remind that earlier Ukraine has stated that Ukraine in Rio broke its own medal record. So, during the London 2012 Olympics, Ukrainian athletes won 20 medals (including 6 gold), and concluded in 14th place in the overall medal standings. Now, as Ukraine fell back to 31st place with 11 medals, of which only 2 gold – gymnast Oleg Vernaeve and canoista Yuri Cheban.