Russian champion figure skater refused to play for Russia and changed citizenship
Famous Russian figure skater Sofya Samodelkina is moving to the Kazakhstan team. The 16-year-old Moscow native is the vice-champion of the Junior Grand Prix in Slovenia (2021), silver medalist of the Russian Junior Championships (2022), winner of the Russian Junior Cup Final (2020) and winner of the Volga Pirouette Stage V of the Russian Grand Prix (2022). She performed all types of quadruple jumps and triple axel.
The executive director of the Skating Union of Kazakhstan (SKK), Olzhas Besbayev, said Samodelkina had already received a Kazakh passport. Besbayev emphasized that it is illegal to have two citizenships in their country in a commentary to propagandists from RIA Novosti.
"Samodelkina renounced her Russian citizenship, I think so. Tennis player Lena Rybakina refused, I tell you for sure. We have only one citizenship according to the law," the CCM director said.
Besbaev specified that most likely either her mother or one of her closest direct relatives was born on the territory of the republic, so they received passports in a simplified format.
The Russian Figure Skating Federation (FFKR) has already been notified of Samodelkina's desire to move to another national team but has not allowed to do so at this time.
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