Ukrainian fencer Olha Kharlan was disqualified from the world championships after refusing to shake hands with her defeated russian opponent, nbcsports.com reported.
Kharlan later received a “black card” from the International Fencing Federation (FIE), which eliminated her from the rest of the individual competition. The FIE didn’t explain its position.
The FIE allowed athletes from russia and Belarus to compete in a neutral capacity without their national flag and anthem. However, Smirnova can hardly be called neutral, judging from her Instagram account.