IOC Approves Nine Nationality Changes Shortly Before 2012 London Olympics

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 18. THE International Olympic Committee approved a total of nine nationality changes, two from aquatics sports, heading into the 2012 London Games.

Swimmer Alexandr Tarabrin, formerly of Russia, will be allowed to represent Kazakhstan in London. Meanwhile, Anike Pelle, formerly of Hungary, will now represent Italy in London.

Tarabrin will compete in the men's 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke in London. His seed times are 54.85 and 2:00.75.

Nine nationality changes
1. Mrs Aniko PELLE
Current nationality: Hungary
Requested nationality: Italy
Sport: Swimming (Water Polo)

2. Mr Alexandr TARABRIN
Current nationality: Russia
Requested nationality: Kazakhstan
Sport: Swimming

3. Mr Rustem SABIRKHUZIN
Current nationality: Russia
Requested nationality: Kazakhstan
Sport: Modern Pentathlon

4. Mr Errol NOLAN
Current nationality: USA
Requested nationality: Jamaica
Sport: Athletics

5. Ms Regina GEORGE
Current nationality: USA
Requested nationality: Nigeria
Sport: Athletics

6. Mr Brandon Jesus ESCOBAR AMADOR
Current nationality: USA
Requested nationality: Honduras
Sport: Wrestling

7. Mr Mikhail NASTENKO
Current nationality: Ukraine
Requested nationality: Russia
Sport: Equestrian

8. Mrs Boyanka KOSTOVA
Current nationality: Bulgaria
Requested nationality: Azerbaijan
Sport: Weightlifting

9. Mr Valentin HRISTOV
Current nationality: Bulgaria
Requested nationality: Azerbaijan
Sport: Weightlifting

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