State Duma deputies are developing a bill according to which Russian athletes will have to pay compensation when changing citizenship.
According to the Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports, it is assumed that if a Russian athlete is registered by a foreign sports federation or any foreign sports organization to participate in international sports competitions, he will be required to pay compensation to the national organization that carried out his sports training. The amount of compensation will correspond to the expenses incurred for the training of this athlete. The document proposes delegating the authority to determine the procedure for calculating payments to sports organizations.
At the same time, an athlete can be exempted from paying compensation for up to 3 years, “if during the three years prior to his registration as a candidate for a sports team of a foreign state, he was not a candidate for the sports team of the Russian Federation.”
In addition, the athlete will not pay anything if their legal representatives paid for the training on their own.
Commenting on the initiative, Dmitry Svishchev, head of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture and Sports, stressed that Russian taxpayer funds should not be wasted.