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Re: Tokyo 2020 Olympic Road Race & ITT thread
« on: December 18, 2019, 12:34 »
https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/zakarin-considers-changing-nationality-after-wada-ban-on-russia/

I guess as a former doper he won't be allowed to compete under the neutral flag or as "OAR". And even if he is able to become a Cypriot citizen before the Olympics: they didn't qualify anyway.
Yeah, but, you know, he's too busy riding bikes to consider all this? :shh

To have any chance of competing under a different flag, he'd have had to 'do an Olga'[1] and change nationality at least at the beginning of 2019, in order to score enough points to qualify.
This is a re-run of the "Rebellin becoming Argentinian" in 2004 story - that didn't actually happen either.

Ironically, *ru -> *uz Olga Zabelinskaya, who did the nationality switch early enough, failed to qualify for the Olympics too.  :lol
 1. Olga Zabelinskaya, triple Olympic medalist and once suspended for doping, changed nationality from *ru to *uz in August 2018
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