Despite anonymous accusations and attacks online, the Rising Star Rhythmic Gymnastics Association, founded last year by Ukraine-born Taiwanese entertainer Larisa Bakurova, has won acclaim internationally. On May 2, Bakurova announced that athletes from her association won one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at this year’s Gym Kids Eastern Cup.
Bakurova, who is a former rhythmic gymnast, obtained her National ID Card to become a “new Taiwanese resident” in 2019. She said her association would continue to work hard, while expressing her appreciation for the public’s support while she faced the mud-slinging. Late last month, a netizen attacked her anonymously by accusing her of trying to “steal the credit” from other rhythmic gym associations.
However, many athletes and parents stood up to defend her. Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan also squashed the rumor, saying that the association did not monopolize government subdisues, and that the Taoyuan City Government had awarded funds to Wuhan Junior High School, where Bakurova offers rhythmic gymnastics classes, to upgrade facilities at the student center.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
不畏網路上的暱名指控與攻擊，來自烏克蘭的藝人瑞莎去年創立了「瑞星韻律體操協會」，近日在國際大放異彩。瑞莎五月二日宣布該協會的韻律體操選手，在今年的Gym Kids Eastern Cup國際賽事，創下一金、一銀、二銅佳績。
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