IOC chief Thomas Bach duped into praying to fake saints

11:40 16.04.2024 •

Thomas Bach was convinced to offer a prayer to Vovan and Lexus during a video call with the notorious Russian pranksters, RT informs.

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

Vovan and Lexus, the stage names of pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Aleksey Stolyarov, – published a recording of a video call they had with Bach and European Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas.

The prank with the head of the IOC Thomas Bach and Vice-President of the European Commission Margaritis Schinas Bach and Schinas, still believing that the "African politician" would help in their political conspiracy against Russia, arranged a joint conference call.

Officials continued to suggest that the disguised Lexus dissuade other heads of Africa from giving up the Friendship Games. Bach called the competitions in Russia a "propaganda show" and said that all their participants would automatically be considered supporting Russia in the conflict with Ukraine.

Bach also justified the disqualification of Russians who oppose Nazism: "This is happening because Russia says that the war against Ukraine is a war against the Nazis. And after our position, they say that we are a fascist organization, and I am a Nazi. By participating in the Friendship Games, these countries side with Russia."

And Margaritis Schinas began to coordinate with Bach and pranker the text of the statement of the European Union against the Friendship Games. The politician planned to release it immediately after the conversation, but this was not to be.

The "African", in the final, suggested to the conspirators to "pray to the African gods Vovan and Lexus" so that the Friendship Games would certainly not take place.

The ‘African official’ then told the pair that his country was celebrating a holiday dedicated to ‘Saints Vovan and Lexus’ and asked them to pray along with him.

“I’m addressing to you, God, to help me! Help me to make the right decision! Saints Vovan and Lexus, help me to take the right decision to prevent these Friendship Games,” the prankster exclaimed, followed by Bach and Schinas, who placed their hands on their hearts and took turns saying a prayer to the pranksters.

“Perfect! Now that we have divine inspiration, nothing can go wrong!” Schinas joyously summed up.

Thomas Bach and Schinas, who were not thinking anything, put their hand on their hearts and took turns saying a "prayer" to Vovan and Lexus.

However, the ‘African politician’ then unexpectedly accused the officials of coercion.

“It was hard to me to make this decision. But I do not agree personally. I can’t make a decision without this,” the prankster said, pouring vodka into a glass, and adding “I think it is unfair that you are trying to put me on your side.”

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

The World Friendship Games, first held in 2022, were designed as an alternative to the Olympics after Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from various international tournaments due to the Ukraine conflict.

This year, the games are set to be held in Moscow and Ekaterinburg on September 15-29, and will include competitions in 33 summer sports, including Olympic and non-Olympic events.


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