Igor Boki: ‘I’m a patriot and am not going to change my citizenship’
11-time Paralympic champion, swimmer Igor Boki, noted that he isn’t going to change his citizenship and will continue competing for Belarus’
“Of course, there were lots of suggestions that I change citizenship. They appeared after the Olympiad in London, but my coach and I dismissed them all, because it’s of no interest to us as we’re dedicated to competing for Belarus,” says the 22 year old sportsman in response to our MT reporter’s questions.
The most titled athlete of the Rio Paralympic Games noted that he has no reason to change his citizenship, as there are all the necessary conditions for preparation in Belarus. “When I receive these offers from other countries, they describe conditions that an athlete can only dream of. However, I’m happy with everything here. Belarus offers all the necessary conditions for preparation and there’s good financing, so I’m not tempted by other states,” emphasised Mr. Boki.
The many-time world and European champion added that he doesn’t exclude the opportunity of performing in future at competitions with healthy athletes. “Of course, if I get results that will rival those of healthy athletes at world level competitions, we’ll be using the chance to perform with professional swimmers,” concluded the swimmer.
By Igor Svitov