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Russia asks IOC to allow Crimean athlete to run for national team at Rio Olympics

April 27, 15:33 UTC+3 MOSCOW
2012 European Javelin Champion Vera Rebrik was part of the Ukrainian national team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing and London respectively
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Vera Rebrik

Vera Rebrik

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MOSCOW, April 27. /TASS/. The Olympic Committee of Russia (OCR) has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to allow Crimean athlete Vera Rebrik to perform for Russia’s national team at the 2016 Summer Games in Brazil, OCR Head Alexander Zhukov said on Wednesday.

"We have sent a request to the IOC to allow Vera Rebrik to perform for Russia," Zhukov said.

There were instances in world sports when an athlete performing for another country couldn’t get the right to take part in Olympic Games. Thus, Kenyan-born runner Wilson Kipkekter brought gold to Denmark as the country of his new citizenship in the 800 m competition at the 1995 World Championship. However, the Kenyan Athletics Federation didn’t allow him to perform for Denmark at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta in the United States.

The issue of the transfer of 2012 European Javelin Champion Vera Rebrik from the Ukrainian national team to the Russian squad was resolved in early August 2015 after almost 18-month talks between the national athletics federations in accordance with the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The Crimean resident received the right to perform for the Russian national squad at the 2016 IIAF World Championships in Beijing. However, a preliminary consent of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine is needed for Rebrik to be included in Russia’s application for participation in the Rio Summer Olympics.

Rebrik was part of the Ukrainian national team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics in Beijing and London respectively.

Competing as a member of the Russian national team at the 2016 IIAF World Championships last month in Beijing she sustained a knee injury in a training session and eventually failed to qualify for the final run for the medals.

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