Yay Ilia!!!! Go get that gold!
As I've replied in the RLT, you can't succesfully compete just after 10 days of quarantine spent in a small hotel room. And it could be even quite dangerous.Why russia refuse quarantaine and why the athletes should to follow the same situation that common travelers ?
It's not the skaters' fault Sputnik isn't recognised in France... The entries from other countries do not face the same quarantine requirements as them.What is even worse with Russia withdrawing from the first two events is that the Russian federation has packed the SVK event with two entries added in MEN, WOMEN and ICE DANCE.
This is totally unfair to all the entries from other countries.
If Russia refused the events in France, then they should not be given extra entries in any other event.
That is unprecedented and should not be allowed.
Also...did France miss the memo? The incubation period is up to 14 days. Reminds me of how England had a 5 day quarantine at some point. Honestly, if you're going to have a quarantine, do it properly!As I've replied in the RLT, you can't succesfully compete just after 10 days in quarantine in a small hotel room. And can be even quite dangerous.
I'm sorry for the Russian skaters who have prepared for the competitions in France. I especially wanted to follow the promising Mark Kondratiuk.From now both JGP events in France can be completely ignored.
That's not what I'm saying. First, it's not only about the russian skaters, even though their absence will be the most visible. The Japanese will be missing as well (though by their own decision), Chinese and probably some from other countries.I'm sorry for the Russian skaters who have prepared for the competitions in France. I especially wanted to follow the promising Mark Kondratiuk.
But competitions are no longer interesting without Russian skaters and should be ignored ?? Do you ignore the performance and work of others?
You should then watch only the Russian domestic competitions.
Yeah, something like that. It's not about being disrespectful to any efforts. I'm quite sure that skaters are also not happy they won't be able to compete against japanese or russian skaters and podium just won't have the same value. Just like on those Olympic games from Cold war times that were boycotted by many countries...You are prepared to consumate particular thing in it's full beauty and they take it from you.
That's why I'm not watching "just the best two groups" at worlds or just the best skaters at events like JGP, I watch it full or as much as possible and enjoy it. I'm not disrespectful to the lower level athletes. But I can't imagine I would watch this without constant thinking about "how different the feeling would be if the starting field was as it originally should have been".i understand Russia has the most promising young athlete, but ignoring the whole event is just disrespectuful to the effort and hard work everybody else is putting to be there, that said i love this sport regardless the nationality of the skaters i'll be watching. that said i think France messed up an already messed up situation and it's unfair to those who have to go to an extremely packed event