“It can only be held among suspended athletes. If competitions are not agreed with the ISU, then foreigners will not be able to participate, they will get banned.” Trankov and Bobrova on possibility for Russians to hold their own Grand Prix
Maxim Trankov and Ekaterina Bobrova about the possibility for Russians to hold their own Grand Prix.
Maxim Trankov: Own Grand Prix can only be held among suspended athletes – among Russians and Belarusians. If competitions are not agreed with the ISU, then foreigners will not be able to participate in such competitions, they will get banned. How to solve all these nuances, it’s hard for me to say. But since the Ministry of Sports is working on this idea, it means that they are working on this issue.
As a last resort, you can invite to the Grand Prix those who no longer compete and have lost their professional status. For example, at the beginning of the season a similar event is held in Japan, but I think it is agreed with the ISU.
As for the prize fund, if Russian athletes do not have competitions, then the amount of motivational prize fund of our own Grand Prix does not matter.
Ekaterina Bobrova: I heard about this. But you need to take into account that, most likely, these competitions will not be held under the auspices of the ISU, which means that the scores will not count and the international rating of the athlete will not increase.
Given the current attitude towards Russian sports, given the cancellation of the Grand Prix stage in Russia, there is a very high chance that countries that accept an invitation to participate in open competitions hosted by Russia will most likely face sanctions from the International Skating Union.
This is a big question if we want to hold an event with the participation of athletes from other countries. You should not go against the international federation, you need to look for loopholes so that the interests of the athletes of each of the participating countries are taken into account.
The best skaters in the world compete in the Grand Prix, and when we create an event, it is unlikely that athletes from the USA, Canada, France and other countries who opposed the Grand Prix stage in Moscow will come.
Therefore, it is unlikely to be the strongest competitions, but the Grand Prix without Russia will look very poor, because the Russians dragged them to the highest level in some disciplines.