“The West will do everything to ruin Russia and our sport.” Alexander Zhulin about possible massive change of sport citizenship in Russian team
Coach Alexander Zhulin about possible massive change of citizenship in figure skating due to the sanctions against Russian sports.
Alexander Zhulin: It is very difficult to predict, because the situation is really difficult. In general, the change of sports citizenship is a kind of betrayal in this case: a difficult situation arose, and you just left. Well how will the fans look at such athletes?
On the other hand, people have spent their whole lives in sports, training, preparing, performing, and now the international federation tells them that they are not eligible to participate in world competitions and that they will miss a season or two. I would not undertake to speak for everyone, because everyone has their own nuances, their own problems.
After all, there is also a year of skipping competitions when moving to another national team – not everyone will go for this either. Another question is that maybe now they will decide to make an exception and cancel this rule for athletes from Russia. I won’t even be surprised with such a decision, because the West will do everything to ruin Russia and our sport.
I am sure that everyone would like to continue to glorify their country, to perform under the flag, the anthem of their homeland. But what international sports federations are doing now is incomprehensible. This is very painful and embarrassing. Therefore, each athlete, not only a skater, will decide based on his own motives and thoughts. But I would not rule out mass change of citizenship in figure skating and other sports.
In this case, I would not condemn anyone, because the situation is really very difficult and ambiguous. How would I do? Honestly I do not know. It’s very hard. I hope that everything will be resolved soon and there will be no reasons to change the sport citizenship.
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