A biathlete from Russia, 22-year-old Daria Sidorova changes her citizenship and joins the Ukrainian national team. This was announced by the President of the Biathlon Federation of Ukraine Volodymyr Brynzak, Suspilne reports.
Sidorova reportedly took part in the recent Ukrainian championships as a representative of the country's Transcarpathian region, with Brynzak appearing to confirm that arrangements are in place to formalize her switch.
"We are now waiting for a presidential decree on her citizenship. As soon as there is a decree and she receives a passport, she will enter Kyiv State University and, hopefully, will perform at the Universiade in December this year. She will gradually adapt to Ukraine and try to get into the team next year to train in the new Olympic cycle," he said.
Brynzak said he sees promise in the newcomer.
"She is a very good and young athlete with potential," he said. "I think she will help us," he added.
Sidorova is said to have finished in the top 20 of the IBU Junior Cup in the 2019/20 season and failed to qualify for the World Cup in the 2020/21 season, as well as coming fourth in the relay race at the Russian championship in the Tyumen region in March.
Five ex-Russian athletes are reportedly in the current Ukraine's team, with another offered the chance in 2020 before joining Romania.
As we reported earlier, the first Olympic champion of independent Ukraine, figure skater Oksana Baiul, renounced her Ukrainian citizenship.