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Andrey Vasilyevich Fomochkin

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Country  Byelorussian SSR
Sport  Athletics
Andrey Vasilyevich Fomochkin
Native name  Андрей Васильевич Фомочкин
Full name  Andrey Vasilyevich Fomochkin
Born  May 24, 1963 (age 53) (1963-05-24) Armavir, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Events  4 × 400 metres relay, Decathlon

Andrey Vasilyevich Fomochkin (Russian: Андрей Васильевич Фомочкин, Belarusian: Андрэй Васілевіч Фомачкін; born May 24, 1963) is a Belarusian retired athlete and sports official. He participated in the 1986 Soviet Spartakiad, winning a gold medal in the 4 × 400 m relay and a silver in the decathlon competitions.

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Early life

Andrey Fomochkin was born on May 24, 1963 in Armavir, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union. At a local sports school, Fomochkin, aged 16, came to prominence when he beat a 24-year-old ""Master of Sport of the USSR" title holder in 110 metres hurdles. As of September 2016, Fomockin remains the event's record holder for the city at 14.4 seconds. Fomochkin's coach, Anatoliy Lobanov, was transferred to Minsk, the capital of the Byelorussian SSR in 1979; Andrey followed him in 1981.

Sports career

Fomochkin is a graduate of Belarusian Institute for National Economy and Belarusian State University of Physical Training.

Controversy

On 7 September 2016, he during member of the country's Ministry of Sport, protest of the banning of Russia from the Games over a doping scandal, during the entry of Belarus at the 2016 Summer Paralympics opening ceremony's parade of nations,he was seen holding a Russian flag as a display of solidarity to its neighbour. The flag was quickly confiscated by officials; after he was identified, Fomochkin's accreditation was revoked by the IPC for violating policies which forbid political protests and gestures. The IPC also warned that it would closely monitor medal presentations involving Belarusian athletes to ensure they do not display political gestures. Fomochkin's actions were praised by Belarusians (including President Alexander Lukashenko), as well as Maria Zakharova—a member of Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs; she stated to a news agency that Fomochkin had "[shown] solidarity with people who were disgracefully treated in an inhumane way in not being allowed to compete at the Paralympics".

References

Andrey Vasilyevich Fomochkin Wikipedia


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