Emm..no.International Skating Union (ISU) regulations state clearly that each country's winner of the Olympic qualification tournament-- in this case the Russian national championships -- should represent the country at the Games.
Also Plushenko never had an interview blaming his injuries for the Russian Nationals.
Sorry this article sounds like a yellow one, and the title is bad.
Wow this is crazy, he's so desperate and I don't know how the Russian federation is going to deal with this situation.
Plush is as nutty as the fruitcake.
The Russian federation can ignore it totally. One skater is skating and the other isn't and even if it is not Kovtun there are two other members of the EUro team who are actually skating.
I'm thinking that if the writer of the article is making stuff up like the "ISU rule", what else are they making up?
The title, for one...
Can you imagine what a scary team Plushenko AND Tarasova might have been?
I know that would never happen after all that went down after Yagudin left Mishin for Tarasova, but given how both Plushenko and Tarasova are acting now, if they were a team, he would not only make it to the Olympics, but they'd probably both walk on the ice in regular boots, no blades necessary, and stand in front of the judges, stare them all down and demand the Olympic Gold Medal be handed to them since both their past achievements make it obvious that the Gold can only go to them. The competition would be redundant and beneath them.
The funny part is: Some judges would actually wet their pants and consider giving in...
This is, as far as I know, the actual interview:
google translation of the title:
Evgeni Plushenko: I plan to act in Sochi and team and individual competitions
Here is a brief Voice of Russia report, based on the interview, but only a small part of it:
Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko plans to perform in 2014 Olympics
Evgeni Plushenko, the 2006 Olympic figure skating champion and twice Olympic silver medalist, told reporters he intended to participate in his fourth Olympics both in the team and individual events.
Although he lost Russia’s championship to Maksim Kovtun, he plans to do his best in the Sochi Olympics. He is not discouraged by the fact that such a prestigious expert as Tatiana Tarasova lobbies Kovtun’s interests.
“It is for President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia Aleksandr Gorshkov and Federation General Director Valentin Piseyev to decide who will represent Russia in the Sochi Olympics,” Plushenko said.
He said he would refuse from the participation in the two events of the Sochi programme only if he did not feel one-hundred percent ready.
“If I have problems with health I will surely say so,” he noted. “I will appear in the Sochi Olympics only if I feel ready to do my best,” he said.
Does his attitude really surprise anyone?
"Plushenko" topics are discussed on many pages both on Russian and English-speaking boards :D
I think there's nothing to discuss yet.. This question will be solved completely in the lobby, because too many factors and interests are involved from both sides.
Anyway it's for sure that Kovtun has to skate more or less clear at Euros to have better chance for Olympics. His protector Tarasova is very powerful in Russian figure skating world, but she needs to show that Kovtun is able to achieve really good results.