Photo by Silvia Vatteroni reported that Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina will be out of competition during the first half of this year's season. Hence, she won't compete at neither the Russian championships nor the European championships which will be held in March and April respectively. 

Head coach Valentina Rodionenko stated that the reason behind Aliya's withdrawal, is allowing her to recover from her injuries thus saving her for Worlds.

“Aliya last went to Germany at the end of January. So far the doctors are pleased with her recovery and pace."

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
 "As long as Aliya follows their orders, then most likely they won’t need to do any more with her."

"Right now Aliya is training but not at full strength. This was the physicians’ orders. As such, Aliya will not compete at the Russian Championships in March or European Championships in April in France.” said Valentina in a statement translated by Rewritingrussiangymnastics

The 2015 World championships which will be held in Glasgow, UK in October, is a qualifier to the Olympics. Valentina said that it's important for the Russian gymnast to be fully prepared at this competition and for this reason, it is not worth sacrificing her for the European championships.

Last year, Aliya was supposed to sit out the European championships due to ankle pain but chose to compete in order to save her team after almost all their key gymnasts suffered from injuries.

See also Mustafina Chooses Her Team Over Saving Herself For Worlds

Anastasia Grishina partially tore her ACL one month before the competition, Viktoria Komova suffered from an injury while Ksenia Afanasyeva was not fully recovered.

Aliya managed to help her team win a bronze medal. Individually, she managed to win a silver on uneven bars and a bronze on balance beam.

At the last World championships, Mustafina suffered from sickness.

See also Aliya Mustafina Doesn’t Remember How She Performed On Floor Exercise At Nanning’s All Around Competition.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid



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