The competition will take place during the World Figure Skating Championships 2022, which Russia is barred from
Anna Shcherbakova © David Ramos / Getty Images
Beijing Winter Olympic Games figure skating champion Anna Shcherbakova will captain a team at the Channel One Figure Skating Cup, which will overlap with the World Figure Skating Championships 2022 which Russians are barred from because of the attack on Ukraine.
The International Skating Union (ISU) exiled athletes from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FSR) from taking part in its competitions on March 1, clearing gold medalist Shcherbakova and other top stars to take part in a competition now scheduled to take place between March 25 and 27 in Saransk.
The world championships start two days beforehand and finish a day earlier in Montpellier.
Shcherbakova would have defended the overall and short program titles she won at last year’s championships in Stockholm, where Russians led the final medals table with three gold, one silver and two bronze finishes.
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— TeamShcherbakova｜Анна Щербакова｜Anna Shcherbakova (@Dear_AnyaS) March 23, 2022
Alexandra Trusova, who earned silver in Beijing, won gold ahead of Shcherbakova in the free program at that competition, and compatriot Elizaveta Tuktamysheva was also among the medalists.
Mark Kondratyuk, one of the Russian Olympic Committee skaters to have won gold in the team event in Beijing, will also captain a team at the Channel One cup.
Kondratyuk, Shcherbakova and their teammates from the Games are yet to discover whether their Olympic triumph will be allowed to stand.