The Ukrainian athletes should attend licensed competitions in Russia to be admitted to the Olympic Games; however. The Ministry of Youth and Sports does not finance such trips as Interfax-Ukraine reported citing Minister Vadym Hutsayt.
“Many licensed competitions for the Olympics take place in the Russian Federation. If we did not visit them, we would not attend the Olympic Games. The delegations would be smaller and as a result, fewer medals would be won,” he said.
A spectacular example is the situation of Ihor Reizlin, who won the bronze medal for fencing at Tokyo Olympic Games. He went to licensed competitions in Kazan, Russia for admission to the Olympics.
Hutsayt reminded that there is an order at the Sports Ministry that bans financing from the state budget of the participation of the members of the national team in the competitions in Russia, as well as it recommends to restrain from participation in the sports events in the territory of Russia. That is why the federations sponsor such trips and the athletes should decide on their own whether they need this or not.
As we reported, the Ukrainian athletes with gold, silver, and bronze medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will get $125,000, $80,000, and $55,000 respectively