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Thomas Bach was satisfied to supply a prayer to Vovan and Lexus throughout a video name with the infamous Russian pranksters

Two Russian pranksters have tricked Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach into praying to the nonexistent ‘saints Vovan and Lexus,’ for divine help disrupting the upcoming World Friendship Video games in Russia.

On Thursday, Vovan and Lexus, the stage names of pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Aleksey Stolyarov, – printed a recording of a video name that they had with Bach and European Fee Vice President Margaritis Schinas.

Disguised as a senior African official, Lexus is seen discussing the Friendship Video games with Bach and Schinas. The IOC chief pushed for each the African Union and the European Union to talk out in opposition to what he described as “the politicization of sport” by Russia. 

The ‘African official’ then advised the pair that his nation was celebrating a vacation devoted to ‘Saints Vovan and Lexus’ and requested them to hope together with him.

“I’m addressing to you, God, to assist me! Assist me to make the appropriate choice! Saints Vovan and Lexus, assist me to take the appropriate choice to forestall these Friendship Video games,” the prankster exclaimed, adopted by Bach and Schinas, who positioned their arms on their hearts and took turns saying a prayer to the pranksters.

“Excellent! Now that we have now divine inspiration, nothing can go flawed!” Schinas joyously summed up.

Nonetheless, the ‘African politician’ then unexpectedly accused the officers of coercion.

“It was exhausting to me to make this choice. However I don’t agree personally. I can’t decide with out this,” the prankster mentioned, pouring vodka right into a glass, and including “I believe it’s unfair that you’re attempting to place me in your aspect.”

He then launched his “pals” – Yorick’s skeleton and a Cheburashka toy – to the distractedly smiling Bach and Schinas.

In a submit on Telegram, the pranksters wrote within the caption to the video recording that Bach and Schinas “are prepared to hope to any gods simply to mess with Russia and be certain that not one of the international athletes attend the Friendship Video games.” 

The World Friendship Video games, first held in 2022, had been designed as a substitute for the Olympics after Russian and Belarusian athletes had been banned from numerous worldwide tournaments because of the Ukraine battle.

This 12 months, the video games are set to be held in Moscow and Ekaterinburg on September 15-29, and can embrace competitions in 33 summer time sports activities, together with Olympic and non-Olympic occasions.


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