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Russian athletes that have changed nationalities

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On 2/24/2023 at 8:56 AM, Monzanator said:

14 year old tennis player Alisa Oktiabreva represents Czech Republic now though the decision must have been made by her parents.



Her ITF profile still says Russia though?


Two teenage tennis players, Yaroslava Bartashevich (WTA no. 846) switched to France and Elena Korokozidi (WTA no. 859) switched to Greece. Korokozidi clearly has a Greek surname so I'm not surprised. Also, it looks like she now lives in Greece for the last year or so and has a Greek coach.

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On 2/25/2023 at 12:32 AM, phelps said:

yes, of course...but it looks that the current situation might have increased the number of Russian born wrestlers deciding to look for luck elsewhere...

no as far as I know, lots of Russian wrestlers switch country each year simply because they are too good in this sport and you can have only 1 in your own team. (and this is an amateur sport, if you don't wrestle at the Worlds/Olympics you are wasting your time)


for example half of 97kg wrestlers in the World are from Russia (no kidding) simply because of Sadulaev. in wrestling there is a short window at the end of the year to switch country. if you miss that, you have to wait until the next year. all of those guys mentioned switched countries before December 2022 which means they did that in at least December 2021, before the war.


all of their top guys (except Sadulaev) are active in their own local competitions (sometimes international), with good prize money.

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Mikhail Novikov (sailing: formula kite), who had some top results in youth competitions, switched to :VAN

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair” - Nelson Mandela

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