The problem has turn into a sizzling subject in Russia amid widespread bans on the nation’s athletes

The Russian Determine Skating Federation has confirmed the variety of requests it has obtained from athletes for the reason that begin of the 12 months to switch their citizenship.

The query of Russian stars probably switching allegiances has been hotly debated within the face of sweeping sporting sanctions imposed on the nation within the wake of the battle in Ukraine. 

Russian determine skating stars corresponding to girls’s 2022 Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova, silver medalist Alexandra Trusova, and world document factors holder Kamila Valieva will discover themselves sidelined from worldwide competitors subsequent season on account of a ban imposed by governing physique the Worldwide Skating Union (ISU).

That may be a state of affairs repeated throughout quite a few different sports activities, resulting in ideas that there will likely be a wave of functions from Russian athletes to compete underneath a distinct nationality to bypass the sanctions.

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Commenting to RIA Novosti, Russian determine skating officers confirmed the variety of functions for citizenship transfers that that they had obtained.

“For the reason that starting of the 12 months, the FFKKR [Russian Figure Skating Federation] has obtained 19 requests to switch. Two-thirds of the requests obtained have been submitted on time, we happy them,” a press release learn.

“We’ll think about seven extra on the December govt committee. We can’t disclose the names [of the applicants], as a result of for this, athletes should give particular consent to the processing of non-public knowledge.”

There haven’t been ideas that any of Russia’s high skating expertise is searching for to make the transfer to compete underneath one other flag.

Debates on Russian athletes probably altering citizenship have break up opinions in current months.

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The likes of State Duma Deputy Roman Teryushkov have claimed that taking the step – particularly if it entails switching to an “unfriendly” nation – must be handled as akin to treason.

Elsewhere, the Kremlin stated it didn’t assist such pondering, whereas former Olympic ice dance champion Tatiana Navka stated individuals shouldn’t rush to judgement.

Russian Sports activities Minister Oleg Matytsin added that he didn’t concern an “exodus” of expertise.

Famend Russian determine skating coach Eteri Tutberidze was caught up in a row concerning the difficulty of loyalties after US skating journalist Dave Lease claimed that her daughter, Diana Davis, was set to check out with the American staff again in July.

The US-born Davis, 19, who appeared for the Russian staff on the 2022 Winter Olympics within the ice dance occasion, promptly refuted these claims whereas Tutberidze herself accused Lease of being “stuffed with s**t” in a scathing social media message. 

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After being disadvantaged of the prospect to compete at ISU Grand Prix occasions subsequent season – additionally being stripped of their very own conventional occasion on the ISU calendar – Russian officers have stated they are going to purpose to carry various occasions for the nation’s skating stars.


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