The former Russian woman was not allowed to compete for Latvia at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships
Elizaveta Polstyanaya, who received Latvian citizenship in 2018, said she was not allowed to compete in the upcoming tournament in September. “Unfortunately, ‘sport outside of politics’ is empty words, but we have long been convinced of this,” she said.
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Latvian athlete Elizaveta Polstyanaya announced that she was 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 banned).
“Unfortunately, “sport outside of politics” is empty words, however, we have long been convinced of this … Perhaps the European Championship was the last start in my sports career. <...> I was not allowed to reach the goal to which I had been going all my life. It’s a shame? I will not lie and superhero. Yes, it’s terribly insulting, as if half of you were destroyed, ”Postyanaya wrote.
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According to the athlete, she was left with no choice, but she is not going to blame anyone. “I’m used to acting in my conscience and thanks to my parents, who brought up the right life values and principles in me, which unfortunately most have forgotten now … I was left no choice, I was not given the right to speak at the World Championships and finish at least this season . I’m not going to blame anyone, let it remain on the conscience of the people who made this decision, ”added Polstyanaya.
The gymnast said that she devoted herself to this sport for 12 years, so her conscience is clear. “A little later I will post a post no less important for 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 began to play for the national team. At the 2021 World Championships, she took 15th place in the individual all-around, at the 2022 European Championships she became 12th.
The 2022 World Cup will be held in Sofia from 12 to 18 September.