Alexander Zhulin: “We have been doing sports all our lives and in fact we can’t do anything else, and they deprive us of the right to compete.”
Alexander Zhulin about the decision of the ISU to ban the Russian team from international competitions. The sanctions affected not only figure skaters, but all Russian athletes.
source: sport24.ru dd. 17th March 2022
Alexander Zhulin: The ISU decision to ban the Russian team from international competitions violates all the rights of an athlete. All athletes and skaters in particular are the last people who participate in unleashing conflicts. Okay, the whole world has turned on sanctions, but what do athletes have to do with it? Why they touch figure skaters? We have been doing sports all our lives and in fact we can’t do anything else, and they deprive us of the right to compete.
The main problem of the ISU decision is the unknown. It is difficult to force athletes to train when they do not have a clear goal, when they do not know what will happen tomorrow and what to prepare for in general. Previously, we clearly knew what we were preparing for and what we were doing, but now there is no such understanding. It’s hard to convince people to train when they realize there is no World or European Championships. All international federations shouted “Sport is out of politics”, and in the end they shouted to the point that now they want to ban all Russians and pretend that such a country does not exist in sports.
Of course, in order to have some motivation and hope, it’s necessary to appeal the ISU decision to CAS. In any case, even if it doesn’t make much sense, it’s worth a try.
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