Biathlete of Russia decided to play for the national team of Slovenia

Biathlete of Russia decided to play for the national team of Slovenia

Olga Podchufarova at the end of the 2017/18 season, announced his retirement from sports, but will be back on the track and change sports citizenship


Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa

Russian biathlete Olga Podchufarova took the decision this season to play for the national team of Slovenia. About it RBC were informed by the President of the Russian biathlon Union (RBU) Vladimir Drachev.

«We know about this decision. While personally I have extraordinary feelings. Hard to say, we were counting on her team or not, man is already two years is not engaged, and, of course, for us it was amazing [her decision to change sports citizenship], but so far as they are,» said Drachev.

According to the Secretary-General of the biathlon division of the ski Association of Slovenia Mateja Clouds, the initiative to act in Macao came from Podchufarova.

«In our team it will be in the leading roles. She is a skilled enough athlete that it was important for our young team. In addition, in 2021 Slovenian Pokljuka will host the world championship on biathlon, so we would like to have a competitive national team», — quotes Cloud — TASS.

Podchufarova played for team Russia from 2013 to 2017. On the world Cup circuit, she won two medals in the individual races. In December 2015, she finished third in the mass start in Pokljuka, and in January 2016, won gold in the sprint in the Italian Antholz. Also in the asset Podchufarova two bronze medals in relay races in the national team of Russia.

At the world Championships she won one medal. In 2017 in Hochfilzen she, Tatiana Akimova, Alexander Loginov and Anton Shipulin was third in the mixed relay.

At the end of season 2017/18 Podchufarova finished my career. Last summer, 27-year-old athlete announced on the return to the track.

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