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Seven Crimean athletes get official right to compete for Russian national team

June 04, 2015, 13:26 UTC+3
Money compensation was a condition for an early transfer of athletes to the Russian national team
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Vera Rebrik

Vera Rebrik

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MOSCOW, June 4./TASS/. The Russian and Ukrainian athletics federations have signed an agreement under which seven Crimean athletes, including European champion Vera Rebrik, have got the right to compete for the Russian national team, acting president of the Russian Athletics Federation Vadim Zelichenok told TASS on Thursday.

The agreement enables the athletes to compete for Russia before the quarantine deadline under the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations expires.

The most titled among the athletes is 2012 javelin European champion Vera Rebrik, who got the Russian citizenship in May 2014. The full list of the athletes will be made public shortly.

"We signed an agreement on the transfer of Crimean athletes with the president of the Ukrainian federation. We have only purely technical formalities to settle," Zelichenok said. All remaining matters are to be settled on Friday, after a final meeting of the Russian and Ukrainian athletics federations.

Money compensation was a condition for an early transfer of athletes to the Russian national team. Zelichenok did not mention the sum paid by the federation, but the Ukrainian side asked for $170,000. Half of the sum was paid early in April.

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