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Russian Coach Says Women Shouldn’t Ski Jump Because It Distracts Them From Housework

“Women have another purpose — to have children, to do housework, to create hearth and home,” Alexander Arefyev said.

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Russia’s men’s ski jump coach says he is against women’s ski jumping and believes women’s job is to be homemakers and give birth.

“I admit, I’m not a fan of women’s ski jumping,” Alexander Arefyev said in an interview with the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia Monday. “It’s a pretty difficult sport with a high risk of injury. If a man gets a serious injury, it’s still not fatal, but for women it could end much more seriously.

“If I had a daughter, I’d never let her jump — it’s too much hard labor. Women have another purpose — to have children, to do housework, to create hearth and home,” he added.

Arefyev was asked a followup question about Russia’s top ski jumper, Irina Avvakumova, a medal contender, and said she was “just great and deserves a lot of respect.”

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