Tangible loss. Russian champion refuses to play for Russia and changes her citizenship
The famous Russian swimmer Anastasia Kirpichnikova has decided to compete for the French national team. The 22-year-old native of Asbestos (Sverdlovsk Region) has already requested a change of sports citizenship.
Kirpichnikova was one of the leaders of the Russian national swimming team. She won the 2021 European Short Course Championships in Kazan three times (400, 800 and 1500 metres freestyle). In the same year, she won silver twice at the European Championships in Budapest (800 and 1500 metres c/w). For the past four years, the athlete has been training in France.
Explaining her action, the Russian woman admitted that she could not wait any longer for her country to be returned to world sport.
"I missed the Spartakiad and at that time I was still hoping that we would be allowed to participate. But the races were already taking place on short water, one after the other, without us. It became very difficult. I cried a lot, I had no motivation. I made a decision: we need to change something, because it is not known how long it will last," Match TV quoted the champion as saying.
In the comments, fans call Kirpichnikova the best groom in Russia and admit that this is a significant loss for the national team.
"The brook is slowly becoming a river, and it's not far from the waterfall. Russian sport is running away," fans write.
Earlier, OBOZREVATEL reported that Russian European champion (2021) and 2020 Olympic silver medallist in rowing Anna Prakaten is joining the Uzbek national team.
It is worth noting that following the events of February 24 last year, Russia has seen a massive outflow of athletes.
For example, four-time world championship medallist and five-time European short track speed skating champion Sofia Prosvirnova recently decided that she would compete under the Danish flag. The 25-year-old native of St Petersburg is married to Danish speed skater Viktor Torup.
Prior to that, Russian former world heavyweight champion Murat Gassiev was granted Armenian citizenship.
Earlier it became known that Viktor Plitsev, a two-time winner of the World Biathlon Championships among boys and juniors, was granted sports citizenship of North Macedonia.
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