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Lithuania won't clear Isabella Tobias

Updated: January 7, 2013, 8:17 AM ET
Associated Press

VILNIUS, Lithuania -- The president of Lithuania refused Monday to grant citizenship to an American figure skater who had hoped to compete for the Baltic country at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

President Dalia Grybauskaite said in a statement that the decision not to grant citizenship to Isabella Tobias was based on a previous Constitution Court ruling that bars giving out citizenship on the basis of "future merit" -- a ruling that should not be second-guessed, the president added.

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