Former athlete of the national team of Ukraine in diving Oleksandr Bondar will Receive the citizenship of the Russian Federation on 10 October, it is possible that he will represent the Russian Federation at the Olympic games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
"On 10 October, I have to get a Russian passport. I feel a full-fledged Russian citizen, only without passports ", – the athlete told the news Agency. According to him, the performance at the Olympic games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro from the Russian team will depend entirely on his athletic performance." I will be performing at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro – will be depending on me and my athletic performance. I very much Wish to speak for the Russian team, " – Cooper said.
Cooper specializes in individual and synchronous jumps from a tower. From the Ukrainian team it became the bronze medalist of the world championship 2011 and two-time champion of Europe 2013. Cooper also participated in the Olympic games 2012. the Head of the Russian Federation in diving (HPV) Alexey Vlasenko said that he highly appreciates the chances of the Ukrainian athlete Oleksandr Bondar play for the national team Russia at the Olympic games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, reports " R-Sport "." I think the problems all on the matter will be settled, so that the high chances that he will have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic games of our national team. Get citizenship, for other problems, we conduct dialogues with FINA (international swimming Federation), I think all of this is quite real. Will perform at the championship of Russia will pass, say, we've picked Viktor minibaev and go to the Games. That's the sport, this competition ", - has declared to Vlasenko. In the early winter of the last year Ukrainian fighter Alexey Oleinik asked for Russian citizenship. Before that, he appeared in public in a t-shirt with a portrait of the Russian leader. Sportsmen he explained that so wished to show their attitude to what is happening in the homeland and to Express the support of the majority of citizens of Ukraine, most those who are older than 25 years. Similarly, in early December, the head of Vladimir Putin has signed the order on granting Russian citizenship to the Ukrainian handball club "Rostov-don" Regina, Simcoe. In March about the decision to play for the Russian Federation, said the Ukrainian Olympic champion 2008 shooting Artur Ayvazyan, in the last month of summer – athlete Vera Rebrik. In addition, go under the Russian jurisdiction allowed the world champion in rapid chess Ukrainian Kateryna Lagno and Anna patiort beet.