Russian speed skating champion, bronze medalist of the World Junior Championships Vladimir Semirunniy informed by letter of the decision to compete for the Polish national team; the departure of this athlete is a loss for the Sverdlovsk region, Leonid Rapoport, head of the regional Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports, told .
Semirunniy told on Monday that he had informed the Russian Skating Union of his desire to compete for the Polish national team. The skater is already in Poland. The 20-year-old athlete started cycling training before the season and working out in the gym.
— How did you learn about the athlete’s decision to leave for Poland?
— The president of our Skating Federation, Boris Terentyev, told me yesterday that Vladimir did not come to the national team training camp and there was a statement from him. Not everything happened openly or directly, the Ministry of Sports of the Sverdlovsk region received this notification.
During all these years, we have provided help and support to Vladimir. A great guy, a champion of Russia, a very promising athlete, and this is a loss for our region. Unfortunately, he made this decision. He is 20 years old, apparently the time has come when he feels he has to do something. It is difficult to comment when an athlete leaves the national team,” Rapoport told .
The International Skating Union (ISU) has confirmed the suspension of Russian athletes from tournaments under its auspices due to the situation in Ukraine.
Source : MatchTV
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