Zakarin considers changing nationality after WADA ban on Russia

Ilnur Zakarin trains with the CCC Team
Ilnur Zakarin trains with the CCC Team (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ilnur Zakarin is determined to compete at the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, even if it means doing so under a neutral flag. With Russia recently banned from all major international competitions by the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA], he has even considered switching his nationality to Cyprus, where he has lived for the past six years.

Last week, WADA announced a four-year period of non compliance for the Russian Anti-Doping Agency [RUSADA], meaning Russia’s flag, name and anthem will be banned from the Olympics in Tokyo next July and August.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.