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Sivakov should choose Russia

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 20, 2020
If Thomas Voeckler watched the program “Bistrot Vélo” on Eurosport, he must have been disappointed. The coach of the France cycling team has indeed learned (unless he is already aware?) That Pavel Sivakov will surely defend the colors of Russia at the next Olympic Games in Tokyo. The 23-year-old cyclist, member of the Ineos Grenadiers team, has always worn the Russian jersey, like his mother Aleksandra, who won the team time trial in 1993 and 1994, and his father Alexei in the past. who has participated in the world championships five times. But Pavel, born in Italy, has lived in France since he was 1 year old, when his father signed with Big Mat-Auber 93 in 1998. He then grew up in Haute-Garonne, speaks perfect French, and could therefore claim the France team. However, the rules of the International Cycling Union stipulate that if a rider changes his nationality, he cannot race in his new colors for two years. To participate in the Tokyo Olympics, on a course that will suit his profile, Sivakov will certainly wear the blue-white-red jersey… of Russia.

Sivakov: “I might be remiss if I missed this opportunity”

“At home, we speak Russian, anyway. In the end, it’s one of the only ties I have with Russia. I have never lived there. Today I represent the Russian national team. In the end, I want to race for the France team, that’s for sure, but changing now would make me miss the Tokyo Olympics, and these are perhaps the only Olympics of my career that will match me. I might be remiss if I missed this opportunity. In any case, I always want to represent the France team, why not change afterwards. I am really open to it. It’s more of a personal thing. It really is a decision on a career plan. The Olympics means that every four years, complicated Olympics with more than 4000 meters of vertical drop, that doesn’t happen often. I would have liked to change and try to be selected with the France team, but it will certainly not be for next year. After that, maybe things will change in the next few weeks. I had really thought about changing next year, but there, during the short period when I unplugged, I thought about it a little bit. At the beginning I said to myself: “It’s okay, I’ll miss the Olympics”. But for any athlete, the Olympics are really something special, it’s the biggest sporting event in the world. It’s not an easy decision. “

Russia deprived of Olympics for the moment

Remember that Russia was deprived of the Tokyo Olympics due to the state doping scandal, but the country has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will study it in November. Some athletes could compete under a neutral banner if they can prove that they were not involved in this state scandal. This could be the case with Sivakov, who should therefore be found in competition with Bardet, Pinot or even Alaphlippe next year around Mount Fuji. Before finding him in the blue jersey for the 2024 Olympics in Paris?