Plushenko banned by ISU

Tue, 24 Aug 10:14:00 2010

Vancouver Olympics silver medallist Yevgeny Plushenko has been banned indefinitely by the International Skating Union as he competed without permission in exhibitions earlier this year while claiming to be injured.

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The Russian showman, who won Olympic gold at the 2006 Turin Games and also silver four years earlier in Salt Lake City, pulled out of the world championships in Italy in March citing an injury.

But he went on to perform at figure skating exhibitions in March and April, the ISU said, without asking for permission.

The ISU said on Tuesday Plushenko had not filed an appeal to their initial decision to ban him in June and so his ban was now upheld.

"The ineligibility is ongoing with no specific term. Requests for reinstatements may be made in line with ISU regulations... and are subject to a review and decision by the ISU Council," an ISU official told Reuters.

Plushenko, who had 21 days to lodge an appeal, has said he wants to compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympics in Russia, saying he had overcome his Vancouver disappointment.

"I've already written it (Sochi) in my plans. As for Vancouver it's in the past, and I want to look to the future," he had said earlier this year.

The 2006 Olympic champion stirred controversy in Vancouver after being edged out by American Evan Lysacek for the title.

Plushenko heavily criticised the judges for marking him down in the short programme, when he was the only skater to land a quadruple jump cleanly, and on Monday he reiterated his belief that Lysacek was not the "real" Olympic champion.

Reuters

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