The head coach of Russia's national team on rhythmic gymnastics, Irina Viner, believes that world's most renowned rhythmic gymnast, Alina Kabayeva has lost time to get ready for Olympic Games in Beijing. All her competitors have already prepared new programs. "Apparently, Alina's injured leg still hurts. Preparations to Olympics 2008 are in full swing, but she has not appeared in a gym yet, not a single time," she said.
It virtually means that Alina Kabayeva decided to quit her professional sports career. She currently concentrates on politics. Kabayeva has recently become a deputy of the State Duma (the Parliament of Russia). She was appointed deputy head of the Committee for Youth Affairs.