Athletistic / Cycling. Russian cyclist Mikhail Yakovlev, who represents Israel, explained the reasons for the change of citizenship. He spoke about his time in the Israeli national team and the reasons for this decision on Vitya Kravchenko’s YouTube channel.

“I have been racing in Russia for several months and I am already tired of the same opponents,” Yakovlev said.

Yagudin responded to Plushenko’s remarks, who demanded 10 million rubles for participation in the “Russian Challenge”

He explained that to progress further he needed international starts, which were impossible to obtain in Russia.

Yakovlev changed his sports citizenship in November 2023. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ratified the decision without the approval of the Russian side.