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Svetlana Khorkina Supports Russian Sports Leaving Europe And Joining Asia

High profile Russian former gymnast Svetlana Khorkina supports the idea of Russian sports leaving Europe to compete in Asia following Russia...


High profile Russian former gymnast Svetlana Khorkina supports the idea of Russian sports leaving Europe to compete in Asia following Russian athletes increasingly getting banned from sporting competitions.

"Federations are thinking about moving to Asia? It never got in the way, we participate, for example, in the Children of Asia competitions. The range of competitions will expand, great. federations, performed not at the usual venues. This may be of interest to our athletes," Khorkina told tass.ru according to Google Translate.

"I am aware that the competition is the result of the work done, it is very important to perform, fight and compete. Therefore, it is good, we have the opportunity for the presence of Russian athletes with the Russian flag at international competitions. This is important not only for us, but for the whole international community," she added.

Two weeks ago, the Russian Chess Federation (RCF) unanimously voted to join the Asian Chess Federation after getting suspended by the European Chess Union (ECU) following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

There are also reports of the Russian football federation parting ways with UEFA and joining the Asian Confederation.

Russian gymnasts and officials, including judges, have been banned from taking part in FIG [The International Gymnastics Federation] competitions or FIG-sanctioned competitions from 7 March 2022 until further notice, in response to Russia's full scale military invasion of Ukraine.

Khorkina, who is the 1996 and 2000 Olympic uneven bars champion and three time World all around champion, has been a vocal supporter of Russian president Vladimir Putin and is a member of his political party United Russia.

She uploaded several pro Russian military posts on her social media after the invasion.

She served as a deputy for the Russian State Duma (Russian Parliament) from 2007 to 2011. She holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Russian army.

The 43 year old retired gymnast is married to Oleg Kochnev, who is a former general in Russia's Federal Security Service and works at Putin's administration. Together, they have a son, Ivan, born in October 2019.

Photo: Khorkina/Instagram


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