Putin to University Games’ critics: “Try some Viagra”
Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at critics of his country’s extraordinary success at the World University Games, which was held in Russia.
“At the end of the day, maybe they should try some Viagra and then life would get better, would reveal some of its vivid and beautiful sides, and they would see the future,” Putin said.
Critics said that Russia deployed too many Olympic-level athletes in a competition that was supposed to be restricted to student-athletes from around the world. In fact, 673 athletes represented Russia — the most in the 162-nation field.
Russia creamed the competition.
The Russian delegation steamrolled its way to a record 292 medals, including 155 gold, another record. The previous gold medal record of 75 was set by China at the 2011 Games in Shenzhen.
The competition was held July 6-17 in Kazan, which is the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia.
The University Games is an international competition that has been held since 1924.
The Russians spent $4.5 billion to prepare for this year’s Games, according to the International Association of Student Sports.
Heads up: The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi Russia, Feb 7-23.