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Valentina Shevchenko asks not to link her visit with elections

Sportswoman Valentina Shevchenko asked not to link her visit to Kyrgyzstan with the elections and not to ask questions about politics at the press conference. She said it at a meeting with journalists in Bishkek.

«My visit to Kyrgyzstan has nothing to do with the elections. At the meeting with you, I would not like to talk about politics, since sports and martial arts are outside politics,» Valentina Shevchenko said.

She also reminded that she can vote, since she has her passport and citizenship of Kyrgyzstan.

The UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko arrived in Kyrgyzstan on November 21. She was greeted by representatives of WEF Kulatuu Er Taimash Federation and fans at Manas international airport. She has not been in homeland since 2019.

At the end of September, a native of Kyrgyzstan, Valentina Shevchenko defeated Lauren Murphy from USA at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 266 tournament in Las Vegas. The athlete defended her UFC flyweight title (up to 56.7 kilograms) for the sixth time.