Humans of Olympics: Meet Ekaterina Mukhlynina, a Russian journalist in Rio

Going from news reporter to newsmaker isn’t fun. Mukhlynina isn't happy about how the Russian Olympics doping scandal has been handled by the world's sports governing bodies

Shrenik Avlani August 10, 2016 15:41:39 IST
Humans of Olympics: Meet Ekaterina Mukhlynina, a Russian journalist in Rio

Humans of Olympics Meet Ekaterina Mukhlynina a Russian journalist in Rio

With Russia and Russian athletes embroiled in the doping standoff and plenty of athletes missing the Olympics, it is the Russian journalists (especially the English speaking ones) who are in great demand at the Olympic venues, especially in and around the media centres.

Mukhlynina was requested by a western television journalist at the Olympic Park to talk about the ban on Russian athletes over doping. She agreed to this request but she was being approached by so many others that it was affecting her work. Hence she had to decline many requests saying, “Maybe, we can do this some other time.”

Going from a news reporter to newsmaker isn’t always fun. Mukhlynina is not happy about the way the Russian doping scandal has been handled by the world’s sports governing bodies.

She is especially upset about pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva’s participation being kept in the balance just hours before the Rio opening ceremony. “She is clean… she should be here. It is not fair that you have Olympics without one of the strongest contingents,” she told the western TV journalist.

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