Deaf International Football Association is reporting today that Russian deaf footballer Yana Budyukina died in Brazil last Tuesday in after being hit by a car in the very early morning.
Family and friends of the 31-year-old from Kaluga, Moscow had to raise funds of around US$15,000/900,000 Rubles to return her body from Brazil, as she did not have repatriation insurance. Her sister set up an account for this purpose, where people could make bank deposits to assists with the costs at 4276 3800 2630 9240 to with Ирина Вячеславовна Будюкина being the name on the account.
Budyukina represented her country at two Deaflympic Games, including the 2009 edition in Taipei where her team won bronze and the 2013 edition in Sofia where her team won silver. She also represented Russia at the 2007 Sofia hosted futsal world where her team won silver, and the 2008 Patras hosted football world championships where her team won gold.
Budyukinahad a passion to travel when not playing football. She had traveled to many places around the globe including Germany, France, Thailand, India, China, Sweden, Switzerland and Spain.
Friends from around the world expressed their sadness at her passing on her Facebook wall.