China Daily Com * European edition
FIGURE SKATING * JUNE 14TH, 2011
Plushenko gets 2014 Olympics green light
Three-time world champion Yevgeny Plushenko was on Sunday given the green light for the 2014 Olympics after the International Skating Union (ISU) restored the Russian’s amateur status.
“The ISU council decided to restore Plushenko’s amateur status today. It was their unanimous decision,” said Russian skating federation executive director Valentin Piseyev.
Last year, the 2006 Olympic gold medalist lost his eligibility to skate at the Sochi Games after the ISU punished him for skating in exhibitions without permission.
The 28-year-old, who also won silver at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics, had pulled out of the 2010 World Championship citing a knee injury but then skated in exhibitions without the authorization of the ISU.