August 10, 2023, 6:03 p.m
Russian biathlete Alexander Povarnitsyn announced his readiness to perform in a neutral status.
“I want all the radically minded public who believe that traveling without a flag and an anthem is a shame for the country to understand that for us this is an event that happens, perhaps, once in a lifetime. You went to this all your life and should not sacrifice it because of the events that are happening now, ”Metaratings quotes Povarnitsyna.
In the spring of 2022, the IBU announced the decision to allow Belarusian and Russian biathletes to the World Cup only as neutral athletes. As a result, the Russians decided to skip these competitions. In September, the organization extended the suspension of Russia and Belarus.
Earlier, the President of the Russian Biathlon Union (RBU), Viktor Maigurov, said that the International Biathlon Union (IBU) sees no reason to return Russian athletes to international starts, even as neutral athletes.
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