The coach of the stayer group of the Russian national speed skating team, Viktor Sivkov, told that in the case of the transfer of Vladimir Semirunny to the Polish team, it is impossible to influence the decision of the ‘athlete.
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.
— The athlete reported at the end of the previous training camp that due to family reasons and due to a change of residence, he would not participate in the training event. I told him that everything was worth thinking about: he’s a young man, maybe something happened, you have to weigh everything. Then the director asked which flight to buy a ticket for, he replied that he would fly alone, but did not arrive. I received a call from his regional federation and was informed that he was leaving for Poland.
We have no influence on this. Until recently, the person didn’t talk about it. I don’t know how the transition will go when he is allowed to start. Maybe he will prove himself and win some medals. Of course, it’s a shame, but we cannot influence this in any way,” Sivkov told .
The International Skating Union (ISU) previously confirmed the suspension of Russian athletes from tournaments under its auspices due to the situation in Ukraine.
Source : MatchTV
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