High jump star Maria Lustskin commented on the issue as she stayed away due to the ban
Olympic high jump champion Maria Lastuskin has said she is not considering a change of citizenship despite being disappointed by the ban on Russian athletes competing in international competitions.
Lasitskene, a three-time world champion, was not given the opportunity to defend her title at the recent World Athletics Championships in Oregon due to a ban on Russian and Belarusian competitors.
The sports ban has sparked debate in Russia that stars could change their nationality to avoid suspension.
Lasitskene, however, dismissed the idea that she would be among those considering such a move.
“I’m not thinking about changing the citizenship of sports. I’m too old for that. I don’t want to change it, and that’s it. 29 years old told the media As he attended an event in Moscow over the weekend.
Russian State Duma deputy Roman Teryushkov has said that any player who changes citizenship should be considered guilty of treason.
Lasitskene said she was not on board with that kind of thinking.
“I can advise you to think about your life, to decide for yourself, to decide without pressure” said the star.
“Everyone’s life is one, everyone should be happy. This is a very serious matter. Everyone has to decide for themselves…
“There are many people in the State Duma whose forces are slightly misdirected.
“There are more problems in Russia than making the change of sports citizenship akin to treason.”
Lasitskin has been one of the most vocal critics of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and President Thomas Bach, who recommended barring Russian and Belarusian athletes from the world championships because of the conflict in Ukraine.
The high-jump queen wrote an open letter to Bach in June, accusing him of lacking it. “Courage and Dignity” To remove restrictions that have been deemed discriminatory.
Lasitskene became emotional as she competed in it. ‘The Way to Olympus’ The event, which took place in Moscow over the weekend, appeared to be in tears before his final jump as well as taking time to compose himself.
Star failed in her attempt at 1.96m, but still won the event with her successful attempt at 1.91m.
“I do not know [what caused it]. This is what was inside. It’s uncontrollable, all together, massively. This is the first time this has happened to me. But I tried to pull myself together – that’s a plus. I think it’s called hysteria. They said.
Australia’s Eleanor Patterson won the high jump in Lastuskin’s absence at the World Athletics Championships this month.
Patterson said before the event “It’s never nice to see someone of such high caliber and accolades no longer here.
World Athletics initially banned Russian and Belarusian competitors indefinitely at the start of March following the IOC’s recommendation.
Athletics bosses have approved the applications of a total of 73 Russians to compete internationally as neutrals – including Lasitskin – even though they did not cover the world championships and were excluded because of the conflict in Ukraine. The status is extinct.
Lasitskene and others were already forced to compete under neutral status due to long-standing sanctions against Russia over doping allegations against the country.
IOC official Craig Reidy recently suggested that Russian athletes could be barred from the Paris 2024 Olympics because they would not be allowed to compete in qualifying events.