‘You should be embarrassed’ – Daniil Medvedev fumes with journalist after doping question

Daniil Medvedev walked out of an Olympics press conference telling a journalist he ‘should be embarrassed’ about his question.

Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini to move into the Olympics quarterfinals on Wednesday, where he is competing for the Russian Olympics Committee.

That is due to Russia serving a suspension due to a series of doping offences. As part of the suspension, athletes are not allowed to wear the Russian flag and the national anthem cannot be played during medal ceremonies.

In the press conference following his match, Medvedev was asked: “Are the Russian Olympic team athletes carrying a stigma of cheaters in these Games after the scandal and how do you feel about it?”

Understandably, it did not go down well with Medvedev.

“That’s the first time in my life I’m not gonna answer a question, man,” he said. “And you should be embarrassed of yourself.”

Turning to the press officer, Medvedev said. “I think you should [remove] him from either the Olympic Games or the tennis tournament. I don’t wanna see him again in my interviews. Thanks.”

The journalist attempted to clarify and explain his question but the world number two was not having any of it as he walked away.

“That’s the first time in my life,” he said three times. “So you should be embarrassed.”

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