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Aliya Mustafina to Miss Worlds

The drama continues for the Russian team.

Today, it was announced that 2015 European Games all-around Champion and stalwart of the Russian team, Aliya Mustafina will miss the World Championships in Glasgow, Great Britain.

Per an article on R-Sport, Russian women's head coach, Valentina Rodionenko, Aliya has been released from worlds preparation to keep her healthy for 2016 in Rio. Aliya herself confirmed this separately in an article on

“Yes, I will miss Worlds and the main reason is the pain in my back. This is not a serious injury but it has been bothering me for quite a long time. As for my future, I never predict future, that’s why I don’t want to talk about it. It is how it is now, but everything can change tomorrow” (translation per dolly-z on Tumblr).

Aliya has been the backbone of the Russian team for sometime. She's brought home countless medals for the Russian team and has had to act as a leader for the younger teammates. Hopefully, we will see her return to claim more medals at the Olympics in Rio or the team can suck it up and learn to deal.

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