Fencing World Championships, sensational decision: the Ukrainian Kharlova excluded for not saying goodbye to the Russian Smirnova


By John

The no greeting from the Ukrainian side Olga Kharlan against the Russian Anna Smirnovaat the end of the saber match ai Fencing World Championships taking place in Milan, led to exclusion from the tournament for the Ukrainian athlete. Despite the 15-7 victory, in fact, Kharlan appears as “excluded” in the official scoreboard, with the consequent passage of the round for the Bulgarian Yoana Ilieva.

Kharlan’s exclusion from the individual saber competition it should also lead to the exclusion of the entire Ukraine team from team competition to the World Fencing Championships, as required by the regulation. We are now awaiting the official announcement from the International Federation, with the start of the women’s team tournament scheduled for Saturday.