Athletistic / Fencing. Olympic medalist from the 2020 Games in Tokyo (Japan), Russian fencer Sergei Bida could soon begin competition as part of the American team. In America, they want him to be able to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris (France).

“Sergey and Violetta Bida, along with Konstantin Lokhanov, were hired by us and received our support from their first day in the United States. They now train our shooters, and Sergey also trains with members of our national team and competes in tournaments in the United States, representing our sports club. He and his wife are wonderful people and very talented. We hope they have the chance to compete in the Paris Olympics and we will do everything we can to support them in this process”, quote the representatives of the “Academy of Fencing Masters”, TASS.

On December 27, a criminal case was opened against the Bida spouses in Russia. They are accused of leaving service in the Russian Guard. The athletes, active military personnel, competed for the Dynamo sports company. They left Russia in June 2023.

Spouses Sergei and Violetta Bida, who moved to the United States, are wanted under the article “unauthorized abandonment of a unit or place of service.” They risk 5 to 10 years in prison. Note that Sergei’s mother, Elena Grishina, is a famous fencer. She participated in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.