a Russian cyclist changes nationality and becomes French!

On Wednesday, the International Cycling Union (UCI) granted French nationality to Sivakov before informing the two national federations. “I was born in Italy but I arrived in France when I was one year old. This is the country where I grew up, where I was educated and where I fell in love with cycling, ”said Sivakov, quoted in the press release.

A naturalization that the 24-year-old runner has wanted to accelerate in recent days after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. “I had applied for French nationality a long time ago, but I wanted it to go faster given the situation in Ukraine. I am totally opposed to this war and my thoughts are with the Ukrainian people. I want to thank the UCI and my team who supported me in this procedure. I am happy to be able to ride for France and I dream of taking part in the Paris Olympics in 2024.”



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