European Junior Champion Tatiana Belonogoff is now in the midst of changing her sports citizenship from British to Russian, President of the Russian Swimming Federation Vladimir Salnikov confirmed.
“The process of changing Belonogoff’s sport nationality is ongoing, the documents are in the works”, Salnikov revealed to the Russian media.
It was earlier reported by the news organisation SwimSwam that Belonogoff was about to move to permanently represent Russia as she has already been living in Saint Petersburg since June 2019 and recently competed under the Russian flag during the FFN Golden Tour top in Nice, where she finished second in the women’s 50m breast during the first day of competitions.
“The decision took me quite a long time. I was thinking about it for months and just couldn’t make up my mind. Obviously there is a lot to consider. I finally made my decision about May of last year”, the swimmer told SwimSwam.
Belonogoff’s former club Guildford City also said that they understood the 18-year-old athlete’s decision and that it was “completely amicable”.
Very proud of everything Tatiana Belonogoff has acheived this week. Swimmers journeys are many and varied but her rise through the club to international medallist has been an inspirational one. This week has been another exciting step up the ladder with many more to come. #Proud pic.twitter.com/u1HYV2byfU— Lee Spindlow (@Spindlow83) July 8, 2018