Short track speed skaters Liu Shaolin Sandor and Liu Shaoang, who competed as brothers and helped Hungary win its first gold medals at the Winter Olympics, have expressed interest in beginning the process of changing their nationality.
According to the Hungarian federation, the brothers made a request to the organization for permission to swap nations, but they did not specify which country they intended to move to. According to the federation, the brothers were raised in China but were born in Budapest to a Hungarian mother and a Chinese father. They currently continue their training in China.
The brothers have not provided any feedback regarding the announcement made by the federation.
According to the rules of the International Skating Union and the requirements of the federation, any skater who wishes to change countries must first receive a release from their current country and then sit out of competition for a period of one year.
The Hungarian federation has indicated that it will discuss the current predicament at the subsequent board meeting
After the conclusion of the previous campaign, the brothers followed the Hungarian national team coach to China, where she had accepted a position as the head coach of the national team of that nation. According to the Hungarian federation, the brothers trained with the Chinese national team while simultaneously receiving support from a Hungarian national team coach. However, the brothers did not find the environment to be suitable for them.
In 2018, the Liu brothers were two members of the Hungarian men’s 5000-meter relay team that ended up winning the nation’s first ever gold medal at the Winter Olympics.
Liu Shaoang’s victory in the Olympic 500-meter race this year made him the first Hungarian athlete to win an individual title at the Winter Olympics. In April, at the conclusion of the last international competition for either brother, he went on to win the overall world title. The competition at worlds was skipped by Liu Shaolin Sandor.
Neither of the brothers participated in the first two World Cups of the season, which took place in Montreal and Salt Lake City respectively over the past two weeks.
According to Hungarian media in July, which quoted a national team manager, another Hungarian skater, John-Henry Krueger, who won a silver medal at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Competition, will no longer compete for the Hungarian national team after being involved in an unspecified disciplinary situation. Our attempts to get in touch with Krueger, who moved from the United States to Hungary after the conclusion of the Olympic Games in 2018, have been fruitless. At least in part, this move was motivated by Krueger’s desire to improve his financial situation.
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