Zabelinskaya looking to change Russian nationality due to Olympic ban concerns

Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) reflects on her silver medal

Russian rider Olga Zabelinskaya has announced her intentions to seek Uzbek nationality to ensure that she can race at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. Zabelinskaya, who currently rides for the Coegas team, has said that it may be impossible to ride in Tokyo following the crackdown on Russian athletes in recent years. Ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games, the IOC tried to ban Russian athletes that had previously served bans from competing in Rio . The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that the ban was unenforceable and Zabelinskaya, who had received an 18-month ban for octopamine , was able to race and took silver in the time trial. Earlier this year, Russian athletes had to compete under a neutral flag at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and Zabelinskaya says she can only see it getting worse. “I don’t feel my age and I’m ready to fight for ...

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