Russian stars will be absent from the World Figure Skating Championships being held in France this week
Anna Shcherbakova will miss the World Championships. © David Ramos / Getty Images
The absence of Russian stars from the World Figure Skating Championships will greatly diminish the showpiece being held in France this week, says 2014 Olympic champion Adelina Sotnikova.
Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from all competitions by the International Skating Union (ISU) earlier this month in response to a recommendation from Olympic officials.
That means the likes of Beijing gold medalists Anna Shcherbakova and Kamila Valieva as well as fellow teenage star Alexandra Trusova will all be missing from the World Championships taking place in Montpellier from March 21 to 27.
For Sotnikova, who won gold for Russia in the women’s figure skating singles in Sochi, that makes the event a much less interesting spectacle.
“If you look at the big picture, the World Championships was interesting because there were Russian athletes,” Sotnikova, 25, told Match TV.
“And now, for example, it will be boring for me to watch it, because our athletes have set such a high bar.”