Russian sports clubs will be significantly slashing the number of their foreign players as envisaged by a draft law, currently being debated by lawmakers, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.
“We chose the path reducing the number of legionnaires,” Mutko said. “We will be significantly slashing their numbers.”
On April 22, the Russian parliament’s lower house, the State Duma, passed in its first reading a bill regulating a limit of foreign athletes allowed to compete in Russian team sports.
The bill envisages granting the Russian Sports Ministry the right of establishing and coordinating the limit of foreign athletes allowed to compete in Russia, who are also referred to as ‘legionnaires.’ Each sport would have its own limit for attracting legionnaires, according to the bill.
The draft law also stipulates obligatory criteria for foreign players, including their athletic qualification, age, period of permanent stay in Russia as well as athlete’s period of training in Russia and results achieved while competing for Russian sports clubs.
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