Latvian journalist Narogs accused the gymnast Polstyanaya who returned to Russia of hypocrisy
Latvian journalist Gints Narogs accused the gymnast Elizaveta Polstyanaya, who returned to Russia, of hypocrisy. The material was published in La.lv.
The journalist said that the athlete could continue to play for the Latvian national team, paying all the expenses on her own, but she did not want to do this. “At 19 years old, a person can still live with illusions, but this is a desire to sit on two chairs – and play for the Latvian national team, and carry a Russian passport in his purse,” he considered. Narogs added that Latvia does not need naturalized athletes.
On August 17, Polstyanaya announced that she was refusing to continue her career in Latvia. The reason she called the presence of her Russian citizenship, from which in Latvia she was asked to give up.
On August 6, Polstyanaya announced that she was banned from performing at the upcoming World Championships. Later, the Latvian Gymnastics Federation allowed the athlete to take part in the tournament, but she had to bear all the expenses.
Elizaveta Polstyanaya was born in Latvia to a Russian family. She began her career in Russia, but in 2018 she received Latvian citizenship and began to play for the national team. At the 2021 World Championships, the gymnast took 15th place in the individual all-around, at the 2022 European Championships she was in 12th place.