“ISU thinks we’ll stop skating, right? They don’t know us, as we used to beat them, so we will continue beating them.” Tarasova about decision not to nominate Russian athletes and coaches for ISU awards
Russian coaches and specialists commented on the decision not to nominate Russian athletes and coaches for ISU awards.
According to Match TV, Russian figure skaters, coaches and choreographers will not be nominated for the International Skating Union (ISU) awards at the end of the Olympic season due to the situation in Ukraine.
This decision was made by the leadership of the ISU.
The ISU Skating Awards are due to take place this summer in an online format. Awards will be presented in seven categories: “Most Valuable Skater”, “Best Costume”, “Best Entertainment Program”, “Best Newcomer”, “Best Choreographer”, “Best Coach” and “Lifetime Achievement”.
Maxim Trankov: It’s a young award. I do not think that the ISU Skating Awards are some kind of cool award. We had disputes with one of the creators of this award, Ari Zakarian, whether it was needed or not. If I never have this award, I will not be very upset. The titles of world champions and so on are more important than this award. I don’t fully undestand this award.
Tamara Moskvina: I take all this with indignation. Because one thing is the situation in Ukraine, another thing is achievements in sports. These are completely different areas, and, in my opinion, it is wrong to mix it up.
Tatiana Tarasova: I don’t even understand why the ISU is doing this. It is not clear why our athletes should be banned from everything? Why don’t they like us so much? We win everything in figure skating throughout our lives, and this season is no exception. Russia is moving figure skating forward. ISU thinks we’ll stop skating, right? They don’t know us, we won’t stop, we’ll work even better. As we used to beat them, so we will continue beating them – no matter whether they will give us an award or not. We’ll still win!
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov: “Classical compositions almost always win. It used to be super popular, now we’re trying to make it more modern.”