July 6, 2022

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Russian karting champion, 15, breaks silence amid FIA probe into 'Nazi salute'

Artem Severiukhin has damaged his silence after drawing enormous criticism following his alleged ‘Nazi salute’ on the rostrum after profitable the FIA Karting European Championship in Portugal. The Russian teenager was victorious within the 11-15 age group class, however was competing beneath the Italian flag as his nation continues to be barred from worldwide sporting occasions.

However after profitable the occasion, he sparked criticism along with his behaviour because the nationwide anthem was performed out. He initially beat his chest earlier than showing to then carry out a Nazi salute standing atop the rostrum, which led to him bursting out in laughter. 

Severyukhin has since been suspended by his karting crew, and he has now issued a grovelling apology however denied the perceived actions. In a video, the younger driver mentioned: “I need to apologise to everybody for what occurred yesterday within the European Karting Championship.

“Standing on the rostrum, I made a gesture which many perceived as a Nazi salute. It is not true, I’ve by no means supported Nazism, it was one of many worst crimes in opposition to humanity. However I raced beneath an Italian licence and flag and the fellows in entrance of the rostrum confirmed me that in Italy, in such circumstances, it is customary to hit your self on the chest within the coronary heart space.

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He added: “I simply wished to make a gesture, and the way the whole lot has occurred, I can not clarify. I do know that I am a idiot and I’m able to be punished, I’m sorry.” That punishment it appears, has already come, along with his Swedish Ward Racing crew confirming they willm be terminating his contract for what they described as “an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex.”

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The crew mentioned in an announcement: “Ward Racing accordingly condemns the non-public actions of pilot Artem Severyukhin through the award ceremony on April 10, 2022 within the strongest potential phrases, because it considers them a manifestation of unsportsmanlike behaviour, an unacceptable violation of the moral and ethical sports activities codex. With this assertion, Ward Racing expresses its opinion, in addition to the opinion of all athletes and employees of the Ward Racing crew.

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