“The situation is extremely dire. There’s only one alternative left – the Armenian Nationals. But compared to the Worlds this is ridiculous.” Russian coaches about sanctions and cancelation of Rostelecom Cup
Russian coaches about ISU sanctions and cancelation of Grand Prix stage in Russia.
Ilia Averbukh: Very sorry. But in the current environment of pressure on Russian sports, this was an expected decision. We have stages of the Russian Grand Prix, domestic competitions, stages of the Russian Cup, we will prepare and compete.
We are at a very high level in the world of figure skating, so we can compete even among ourselves and the level will not suffer.
The absence of Russian figure skaters at international competitions levels out the victories of foreigners, since these competitions become inferior, we can talk about this.
Athletes must compete, sports must be out of politics, everyone must be in a state of competition with the best of the best.
Alexander Zhulin: The situation is extremely dire. There is only one alternative left – the Armenian Nationals (which will be held with the participation of Russian figure skaters – ed). But compared to the World championships, this is, of course, ridiculous.
The consequences of such a decision would be dire. This will affect all figure skating. World championships without Russian athletes are a pitiful semblance.
But now there is a general policy to destroy Russia as such, there is no time for figure skating.
About cancelation of the Russian Grand Prix
Alexander Zhulin: Of course, this is an expected decision. To be honest, I don’t know what to do next and how to organize alternative competitions. I will go to work and train.
We’ll get ready somehow. Everything is bad. Plans for my athletes? So far I don’t know what to do.
source: sport24.ru, rsport.ria.ru
Tatiana Tarasova: The ISU decision is a real stupidity and helplessness. I am very upset. I’m sorry that our skaters were deprived of the opportunity to compete.
ISU break the fate of the most talented boys and girls in the world. Such unfair decisions are killing the Russian school of figure skating. Domestic competitions will never be able to compensate for international ones.
I take this news very badly, it is very wrong.
I didn’t know that there were sadists in the ISU and I didn’t think that everything would come to such an extent.
There are stupid people in the ISU who do not want to understand anything and do not help athletes.
source: championat.com, mrtaratings, matchtv.ru
Irina Slutskaya: It was not a surprise, we were ready for such decisions. But our federation today takes care of its athletes. There will be many competitions on the calendar where our guys can take part. Let it be so for now.
What can we do now? We live in such circumstances now. As my psychologist told me, circumstances do not adapt to themselves, you need to adjust them for yourself. The business of athletes is to compete, the business of the federation is to make sure that their athletes do not lose shape.
The main thing for us now is not to give up and be in sports. An athlete is also a person who has to do his job, you have to go further, develop, do not stop.
Evgeni Plushenko: I have been ready for this for a long time. I think everyone else too. We should not have any illusions now that we will be given any international competitions. Our athletes must continue to train.
We need to make high-level competitions within the country. Hope everything changes soon. Should we sue in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS)? This is a question for the federation.
Related topics: Alexander Zhulin, Evgeni Plushenko, Ilia Averbukh, Irina Slutskaya, Tatiana Tarasova
Rafael Arutyunyan: “It’s high time to include the quintuple jump in the register of elements. So that everyone knows its value. What if suddenly someone really jumps it in competitions?”
I totally agree with rune. Russian figure skating (and sports in general) is an integral part of the Russian propaganda. And the coaches, the federation, parents and older skaters do understand that… They are extremely proud and happy to meet Mr Putin… Sports and politics are not being different matters in Russia!
Kamila and Anna are meeting Putin today. Russian ice shows were full of pro war propaganda. Figure skating is frequently used in Russia for nationalism and pro war propaganda. Manh skaters have openly attend pro putin rallies as of late. Anyone can see very clearly that skating in Russia has always been closely associated with politics, you cannot “separate” it .
All the are is a bunch of cry babies because they know they can’t get their way. They like dishing out assaults on innocent people of Ukraine but don’t like when their called out. Your government, federation, coaches, skaters are all corrupt.You deserve all the punishment that is given to you. Piece of Russian scum.
Each time I read another story of Russian outrage that the country’s figure skaters cannot compete on the world stage, I think one thing: It’s figure skating, for fuck’s sake. How ludicrous. The country that gave the world timeless literature, music, and dance makes such a fuss about an insignificant sport.
I just got into figure skating because of the Russian figure skaters. They are mesmerizing. They are not guilty of their government decisions so they should compete. Other countries who invaded other countries were never banned of sports competitions. It is really unfair! I quit figure skating because without russians it does not make sense. I just will watch Russian competitions!
The Russian coaches do refuse to admit the full picture. Russian athletes, incl figure skaters, have Always been used by the Russian politicians and by propaganda. They have always been used to show the greatness of the Russian regime.
Sadists are the Russians with their aggression on Ukraine. Who would care about Russian athletes now, considering what is happening in Ukraine. Unfortunately, Russian athleles must pay for the saddism of their political “elites” and soldiers, and suffering of women and children in Bucha, Irpien, Mariupol, and many other places. Shame on Tarasova for using this kind of argument. What an arrogance.
You should ask your dear President to take care of his athletes first, not ISU. Russian female figure skaters are very talented, but without you guys, the international competitions still happen anyway with joys.
If they are so angry and so rude to comment on international events excluding their “superior athletes” and how the events are so horrible without them, then why would they want to participate. Makes more sense to be happy and relieved to just compete against your own “superior” National competitors. Their comments are extremely nearsighted and unprofessional.