ISU Statement on Russia's war against Ukraine - Participation in international competitions of Skaters and Officials from Russia and Belarus

Willin

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My biggest question about all this is how it will affect Russian skating long term - beyond the current ban. This genocide with all the current sanctions and future trials will affect Russian leadership in a way that might severely cut sports funding - and if a new regime is in place after who's to say they'll fund sports at all given the dire financial straits Russia will be in. And speaking of financial straits, the average citizens of Russia are the ones hurting the most. We saw what happened the last time there was a recession in Russia, with greatly diminished returns from 2006-2014 because most families couldn't fund the pre-government funding part of a skater's training, or at least couldn't fund it well enough.

I'll also be curious to see which or if any Russian current or former skaters/coaches jump ship after the travel/immigration bans are lifted. The media's making it seem like Eteri will - somehow I doubt it given her new worldwide infamy, possible sanctions related to the doping scandal, and massive earnings in Russia - but maybe she'll "visit her daughter" in Michigan again for an extended period of time. I think Liza and Evgenia are more likely. Liza's English is pretty good and she would be a stellar jump coach to recruit - not to mention her as a draw at shows for Western fans. Evgenia has posted subtle anti-war stuff, has solid English, and is very popular outside of Russia. Both are at an age where they could go to college internationally. I'm waiting to hear who's first...:watch:
 

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My biggest question about all this is how it will affect Russian skating long term - beyond the current ban. This genocide with all the current sanctions and future trials will affect Russian leadership in a way that might severely cut sports funding - and if a new regime is in place after who's to say they'll fund sports at all given the dire financial straits Russia will be in. And speaking of financial straits, the average citizens of Russia are the ones hurting the most. We saw what happened the last time there was a recession in Russia, with greatly diminished returns from 2006-2014 because most families couldn't fund the pre-government funding part of a skater's training, or at least couldn't fund it well enough.

I'll also be curious to see which or if any Russian current or former skaters/coaches jump ship after the travel/immigration bans are lifted. The media's making it seem like Eteri will - somehow I doubt it given her new worldwide infamy, possible sanctions related to the doping scandal, and massive earnings in Russia - but maybe she'll "visit her daughter" in Michigan again for an extended period of time. I think Liza and Evgenia are more likely. Liza's English is pretty good and she would be a stellar jump coach to recruit - not to mention her as a draw at shows for Western fans. Evgenia has posted subtle anti-war stuff, has solid English, and is very popular outside of Russia. Both are at an age where they could go to college internationally. I'm waiting to hear who's first...:watch:
The funding may be lower but the whole time post Soviet Union Russia has had state controlled and supported sports. Don’t see why that would change. Surely there were people in the 90’s who could have said “let’s save some money stop the state control of sports” but it never happened
 
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