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?