Evgeni Plushenko: “There will be more transfers, and big ones”
Evgeni Plushenko about scandals in Russian figure skating, publishing of Zagitova’s private conversations and rumours about Rika Kihira joining his school.
Scandals, which are present in figure skating now – are they beneficial to the sport?
Evgeni Plushenko: I always said – I do not attack anyone, I only defend myself. If we take all my interviews, they will have only defensive from counter-attacks form. Don’t touch me – some correspondence, something else. I have a lot of information.
I don’t touch anyone, I didn’t lure anyone. I don’t have this habit. People just use what I’ve said once – that there would be sensations, and if I had a desire, I would have lured with the help of finances. But I don’t want to do that. There are those who want to skate – please, my doors are always open.
Regarding your question, I think what is happening is good. There is a great demand, there are news stories, people were shaken a little. I met with Kamil Hajiyev (promoter of MMA, head of Fight Nights), he told me: “Figure skating have already become like mixed martial arts, fighting without rules”. I answered – this is true, the main thing is that we shouldn’t make this personal, as, for example, some leaders of some club do. If all this helps figure skating, I am all for it.
Did you challenge someone to a fight? Since you’ve met with Kamil.
Evgeni Plushenko: We are just friends. He believes figure skating is developing into a show. I don’t want to call anyone for a fight, I want to do my job. We don’t touch anyone, we do our job. This is the main position of mine, my specialists and also my wife.
Were you surprised to see Alina Zagitova’s messages in the public domain, what was the first emotion?
Evgeni Plushenko: I believe that it is generally wrong to publish other people’s correspondence. This, in my opinion, implies a criminal responsibility. Let’s see if there will be any further movements or not.
Once again I want to say: we need to work. I want to get away from scandals and conflicts in every possible way. I have plans. Now two of my ice rinks are being completed. Athletes are coming. My move is to do programs, get good quads and win competitions.
The fans write that Rika Kihira can join you school…
Evgeni Plushenko: Anything can be. I’m not commenting on this yet, but I don’t exclude it. There will be more transfers, and big ones.
Don’t you exclude the transfer of Kihira?
Evgeni Plushenko: I don’t rule out anything at all in this life. And the transition of Kihira, as well as the transitions of other athletes. They will take place, but a little later. We have a pandemic now, it’s difficult to come from abroad. There are a lot of requests from different countries. But now it’s a bit difficult.
What are your plans now – preparation for the Russian Cup?
Evgeni Plushenko: Now the main thing is not to go on quarantine again. Because there is information that Moscow will be closed from October 5. I would not like this, because all athletes have a lot of work. Everyone work hard, we have serious plans – to win, to win everyone.