Sergio Buzato, the head coach of the Russian women’s volleyball team, has become the center of the volleyball scandal. According to RIA Novosti, after winning the South Korean national team, he narrowed his eyes with his hands. The Korean side called the gesture racist and regarded it as an insult.
Representatives of the South Korean Volleyball Federation (KVA) plan to file complaints with the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the Russian Federation (WFV). They want to punish Buzato for a racist gesture.
Buzato said that his gesture is in no way connected with South Korea. With his movements, he celebrated his entrance to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan).
I did not want to offend anyone and was very surprised that my gesture was considered offensive. I just celebrated going to the Olympics in Japan. At that moment, I did not in any way turn to the South Korean team. I respect all nations with great respect. I apologize to the South Korean team, the South Korean Volleyball Federation, the fans. I did not want to offend this nation; I was misinterpreted.
Sergio Buzato Senior coach of the Russian women’s volleyball team
The Russians defeated rivals from South Korea with a score of 3: 2 in the decisive match of the OI-2020 qualifying tournament. As a result, the team went to the Olympics in Tokyo.