Russian biathlete will perform under the flag of another country at the World Cup 16:49

Biathlete Daria Virolainen, who previously represented the Russian national team, was included in the Finnish national team at the December World Cup.

The 34-year-old athlete was included in the Finnish national team for the second stage in Hochfilzen (Austria) and the third stage in Lenzerheide (Switzerland).

Virolainen is the winner and bronze medalist of the 2017 European Biathlon Championships. The athlete is married to former Belarusian skier Roman Virolainen. In January 2022, the couple had a third son, she. The biathlete joined the Finnish national team after returning from maternity leave in 2023.

His sister Kristina competes on the Russian biathlon team. Their mother, Anfisa Reztsova, is a three-time Olympic champion. In 1992 she won the biathlon sprint at the Olympics and two years later she took first place in the biathlon relay at the Lillehammer Games.

In the spring of 2022, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) announced its decision to admit Belarusian and Russian biathletes to the World Cup and IBU stages only as neutral athletes. In September 2022, the organization announced that it would be suspended indefinitely.

Previously reportedThe Russian Biathlon Cup stage has been disrupted.

Source: Gazeta


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