Russian long jumper Darya Klishina has said that she was offered an incredible £160,000-a-month, or nearly £2-million-a-year, to become a high-class escort.
The 29-year-old world silver medallist, currently living in Atlanta in the US, revealed the shocking story to Russian media site sports.ru, as per The Sun.
Speaking to the outlet, Klishina explained: "I was offered to be an escort. The message came from an unknown person from the US, in a direct message.
"It was several months ago, maximum half a year. I was not expecting something like this.
"He just wrote a direct message to me on Instagram.
"I'm not somebody who swears at people and just answered him back with 'sorry but I am not interested in this offer.'
"He then got back to me saying: 'Wait, don't you refuse straight away. You don't even know the conditions and the amount I'm offering.'
"The sum was big, very big. It was $200,000 per month.
"I then thought: 'Do I really look like a woman who would agree to something like this?"
In 2017, Klishina competed at the World Championships in London, finishing second in the long jump event. Due to Russia's doping scandal, athletes from there were unable to compete under their country's flag, and so she instead entered as an 'authorised neutral athlete.'
Klishina also revealed in the interview that she had a revealing photo shoot taken in her early career, which made her feel very uncomfortable.
She continued: "I'm happy with my body, I have nothing to be ashamed of, but that photo session was a little bit too much for me."
The Russian explained that when she was asked to take some of her clothes off, she "felt uncomfortable" and could tell that "something was going wrong."
As a very successful athlete, it's unlikely that Darya is running low on money, but it takes a lot of will and self-respect to keep to your own values when offered something of that magnitude. Fair play to her.
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