Russian athletes Timofey Lapshin wanted to go to the national team of Ukraine on biathlon and to take Ukrainian citizenship, but in Russia, the government forbade him to play for the blue and yellow flag and advised to choose their country “better than Ukraine”.
In order to guarantee to go and compete at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, Lapshin wanted to join the Ukrainian team, because Russia can not allow on winter competitions. About it writes “the Russian Dialogue.”
In an interview with reporters “NTU”, the head of the biathlon Federation of Ukraine Volodymyr Brynzak said that lapshyn has “pricked skiing” in the Ukrainian national team, but to him they were “broken” in Russia.
“He wrote an appeal to us, we, of course, considered this question. He even came to Kiev, and showed a great desire to move in with us, but because of this situation between Ukraine and Russia… his home began to put a spoke in the wheel. Said: “Any country, not only Ukraine”, – he said.
Now he decided to negotiate with South Korea and we wished he was with us,” said project Manager brynzak.
Note, the Ukrainian team is beloved Timothy, Olga Abramova, who the team got in 2012.
We will remind, earlier “Диалог.UA” reported that the International biathlon Union carp, torossi should cancel all tournaments in the season.