Tatiana Tarasova: “ISU offenders are taking the lives of our athletes. We are not to blame for this, but the ISU. They are the traitors. In this case, the change of sports citizenship won’t be considered a betrayal.”
Tatiana Tarasova expressed her opinion about whether Russian skaters could start changing sports citizenship due to the decision of the International Skating Union (ISU) to ban Russians from participating in competitions held under the auspices of the organization.
source: sport24.ru dd. 4th April
Do you think mass change of sports citizenship by our skaters is possible if the issue of the ban of the Russian national team is not resolved?
Tatiana Tarasova: Well, how can this be not solved? Why were we disqualified? For what? I just don’t get it. Sport is allegedly “out of politics”, why were we banned then? What have we done? What did our girls and boys do? Nothing. Why then touch them?
But if this issue is not resolved and we are not returned, then, perhaps, our skaters will start leaving en masse. Those guys who are preparing for the next Olympics and other international competitions will have to think about changing their registration. The main thing they should decide it themselves. An athlete’s life is very short, many guys will never have the opportunity to compete again. Therefore, they and their coaches need to decide together what will be better. Each missed international competitions could be the last of their career, so they might start moving to other countries to in the world of figure skating.
Wouldn’t that be considered a betrayal?
Tatiana Tarasova: Exactly in such a situation switching to another national team is not a betrayal. ISU offenders are taking the lives of our athletes. We are not to blame for this, but the ISU. They are the traitors. Therefore, in this case, the change of sports citizenship will not be considered a betrayal, in my opinion. I will definitely not condemn the athletes for their decision.
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