At any cost: the part of the Russian delegation was not allowed to Ukraine at the European championship in Boxing

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voiceoperated in fotobanka. Archival photoAt any cost: the part of the Russian delegation was not allowed to Ukraine at the European championship in Boxing© RIA Novosti / Michael Voiceoperated the image Bank

The Russian boxer Georgy, Kushitashvili, a press-the attache of Federation of Boxing Russia (FBI) Vlada Romanova, two journalists and several Russian fans in the delegation travelling to Kharkov for the European Championships, on Wednesday was denied entry to Ukraine after which all detainees were deported.

Arrested and deported

«Today at the border checkpoint at the entrance to Ukraine has not allowed Russian representatives — boxer George, Kushitashvili (weight category up to 81 kg), a press-the attache of Federation Vlad Romanov, some fans who went to the delegation, and two journalists for «life news». It all happened without an explanation of the reasons for the arrest, asking only the questions — in particular, the press attaché asked on what basis she was a few years ago was in the Crimea», — said the Agency «R-Sport» the head of Department on work with mass media and public relations FBI Natalia Tokmagashev.

According to Tokmagashev, «informed the Boxing Federation of Ukraine was given full warranty on the presence on the territory of the country and security.» Earlier in June, the Boxing Federation of Russia has received from the President of the European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) Franco Falcinelli verbal security guarantees to the national team during the European championship on Boxing among men in Ukraine.

In less than an hour of Boxing Federation of Russia came about that George, Kushitashvili and all previously detained members of the Russian delegation deported from Ukraine. «They will be brought to the border with Russia and send it back,» said Tokmagashev the Agency «R-Sport».

In Federation of Boxing of Ukraine, the Agency «R-Sport» refused to comment on the situation.

To remove a competitor?

«Now I understand. While not officially saying anything, — said the Agency «R-Sport» General Secretary of Federation of Boxing of Russia Umar Kremlev on the phone. — I think intentionally create such a problem, the excitement to have the team began to worry. Although the whole team at the hotel, not allowed only Kushitashvili, two coaches, fans. I want to understand why. Now contacted AIBA (International Amateur Boxing Association), because they gave us assurances that all will be well, and have gone problem. Waiting for the reaction of AIBA and Boxing Federation of Ukraine, which also said that all will be well.»

According to the former head coach of Russia Alexander Lebzjak, Ukrainians «want to remove» Kushitashvili, one of the main applicants for gold of the championship of Europe in weight category to 81 kg.

«This is very bad. I think that is just wrong not to let the boxer on such a large competition like the European championship. Especially since, as far as I know, he never was, including in the Crimea. George is a citizen of Russia, and for me it’s just nonsense. It’s just awful. Kushitashvili — one of the contenders for the gold medal, and apparently want to remove it. That’s why it happens,» said Lebsak the Agency «R-Sport».

It soon became known that instead of Kushitashvili at the European Championships will perform Muslim Gadzhimagomedov. «Now we make a replacement for Gadzhimagomedova and urgently sent (it) there by plane,» said «R-Sport» Kremlev.

The European championship on Boxing in Kharkov, starts June 16, and is a qualifier for the world Cup 2017 to be held in Hamburg from 25 August to 3 September.

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