Alexander Zhulin: “Why wouldn’t Papadakis and Cizeron set a new record at competitions without Russian athletes? World Championships without Russians is a real circus!”
Alexander Zhulin told that he does not watch the World Figure Skating Championships, which takes place in French Montpellier, due to the lack of Russian athletes.
Alexander Zhulin: Why wouldn’t Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron set a new world record at a competitions without Russian athletes? The World Championships without Russians is a real circus! I don’t watch the World Championships on principle. I’m now in Saransk and just yesterday I was watching a jumping competitions at the Channel One Cup. Our girls jumped so many quadruple jumps there that others won’t be able to jump at the World Championships in 30 years.
To ban Russians from all competitions – it looks very stupid. Politics is politics, but why ban everything? So, on principle, I will not watch the World Championships until we are allowed to compete.
Ilia Averbukh: “Who is to blame for Valieva’s doping? I won’t comment on it. I’m absolutely sure of her innocence, as well as the innocence of Eteri Tutberidze.”