ISU puts Plushenko career on thin ice

Evgeni Plushenko
The Russian skater can’t compete in World championships or Grand Prix series after he skated in exhibition shows without ISU permission.

Evgeni Plushenko’s plans to compete at the Sochi Olympics could be on ice.

The Olympic gold and silver medalist has lost his eligibility because he skated in exhibition shows without receiving prior permission from the Russian figure skating federation, the International Skating Union announced Monday. Plushenko has three weeks to appeal the ISU’s decision.

The decision means Plushenko cannot compete in International Skating Union events, including the Olympics, world championships and Grand Prix series. The 28-year-old has said he wants to skate through Sochi, and he was on the list for Cup of Russia when Grand Prix assignments were made earlier this month.

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