Mazepin urges end to sanctions for Russian athletes

Wed, 3 July 2024, 10:01

Jul.3 (GMM) Nikita Mazepin hopes the time is nearing when Russian athletes like him are no longer penalised for the Russia-Ukraine war.

Since being axed by Haas at the outbreak of the conflict in early 2022, the 25-year-old has been fighting in the courts for the mere right to travel to Europe.

Mazepin has secured enough legal victories for now that he is at least back on European soil, testing this week at the wheel of a GT3 Ferrari at the Balaton Park circuit in Hungary.

“I am glad the European Union has recognised that athletes like me, who have no connection to politics, should not be subject to sanctions,” he told Tass news agency.

“I hope that all athletes who are not allowed to compete in international competitions today due to geopolitical reasons will be able to take their rightful place in the sports community again,” Mazepin said.

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