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Ukrainian fencer Olga Harlan was expelled from the World Fencing Championship in Milan for refusing to shake the hand of Russian Hanna Smirnova, whom she defeated in the first round.
This decision was made by the International Fencing Federation. The rules of the FIE have only one interpretation of "exclusion" – disqualification from the competition and suspension for 60 days from all further starts, reports champion.com.ua.
Smirnova, who played under a neutral flag, lost to Harlan in the 1/32 final (15:7 ) and at the end of the match, she came up to shake her opponent's hand. In response, the Ukrainian put a saber in front of her, said something to the Russian and left.
Smirnova decided to wait for a handshake – without it, according to the regulations, the match can be considered incomplete. The organizers even brought her a chair. the Russian woman waited for Olga Harlan for almost an hour, but in vain.
In the end, the International Fencing Federation disqualified the Ukrainian for refusing to shake hands with the Russian woman. She was automatically eliminated from the competition, and Bulgarian representative Ioana Ilieva automatically advanced to the next round.
This was the first match between a Ukrainian athlete and a "neutral" athlete from the Russian Federation after the cancellation of the boycott by the Ministry of Sports of Ukraine.
Prepared by: Serhiy Daga