The former Russian woman was not allowed to compete for Latvia at the World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships
Elizaveta Polstyanaya, who received Latvian citizenship in 2018, said she was not allowed to compete in the next tournament in September. “Unfortunately, ‘sport out of politics’ is an empty word, but we have long been convinced of this,” she said.
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Latvian athlete Elizaveta Polstyanaya announced that she has been banned from performing at the upcoming World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in September. The 19-year-old athlete made a corresponding post on her Instagram (the owner of the social network, Meta, is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia and is banned).
“Unfortunately, ‘sport outside of politics’ are empty words, however, we have long been convinced of this… Perhaps the European Championship was the last start in my sporting career. <...> I was not allowed to reach the goal to which I had been going all my life. It’s a shame? I’m not going to lie and superhero. Yes, it is terribly insulting, as if half of you are destroyed,” Postyanaya wrote.
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According to the athlete, she had no other option, but she is not going to blame anyone. “I am used to acting on my conscience and thanks to my parents, who instilled in me the correct values and principles of life, which unfortunately most have now forgotten… They did not leave me a choice, they did not give me the right to speak in the World Championships and finish at least this season. I will not blame anyone, let it remain in the conscience of the people who made this decision,” added Polstyanaya.
The gymnast said that she was engaged in this sport for 12 years, so her conscience is clear. “A little later I will post a post no less important to me, when I come to my senses,” the athlete concluded.
Polstyanaya was born in Jurmala to Russian parents. She grew up in Russia, where she began to practice rhythmic gymnastics. In 2018, she received Latvian citizenship and started playing for the national team. At the 2021 World Championships, she was ranked 15th in the individual general ranking, at the 2022 European Championships she was ranked 12th.
The 2022 World Cup will take place in Sofia from September 12-18.
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