Irakli Bramante: Evgeny Odinokov / RIA Novosti
The head coach of the national team of Russia on Cycling on highway Irakli Abrahamyan commented on the refusal of Olga Zabelin to play for the national team. The words of the specialist leads “R-Sport”.
“Of course, this was discouraging news for all of us. We had invested, did everything possible. I doubt that Olga will be better conditions in Uzbekistan. In any case, it was assumed that the 2020 Olympics will be the last in her career,” said Abrahamyan.
According to him, the Russian team expects future reserve. “We have athletes who can prove themselves. They have gradually involved in the team,” said the coach.
Earlier, on 6 July Zabelin announced that beginning the process of change of sport nationality. In July she received the passport of Uzbekistan and now wants to play for the national team of this country. In this case, she faces a two-year quarantine: Cycling Federation of Russia does not agree with the position of the athletes and has not yet received a formal request. Because of this, it risks to miss the Olympics 2020.
Zabelin won two bronze medals at the Olympic games in London in Cycling on the highway. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, she took the silver medal and became the only Russian athlete who won medals in this kind of program in the last two Games.
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