Jun 25, 2008
...because it's for her own good. Now eat your kutlety before they get cold! Davai!
ESPN: Officials have rejected Maria Sharapova's request to carry the Russian flag in the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics so that she can save her energy. "She wanted to be a flag-bearer but I advised against it," Russian tennis chief Shamil Tarpishchev said Wednesday. "I don't want her to spend 3 or 4 hrs in hot weather waiting to march in the opening ceremony. We want her to be fresh, not tired, during her matches."
It seems that these "officials" are most likely a merry-band of babushki worried about their little Masha.