Valentin Piseev: “Makarova is sick and her participation at Worlds is in doubt”
Polina Shelepen may replace Ksenia Makarova in the Russian national team at the world championships in Nice, said the general director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia Valentin Piseev to RIA Novosti.
Yesterday, Shelepen on her pages in social networks said that she will go not only to the Junior Worlds in Minsk but also to the World Championships in Nice.
Ksenia Makarova in the current season unsuccessfully performed at the Grand Prix series; at the Russian national championships she took the fourth place and she unconvincingly performed at the European Championships in Sheffield, finishing in sixth place.
“Makarova is now sick and the question of her participation at the World Championships is in limbo,” said Piseev, adding that “we still have a lot of time before the Worlds.”
“Now Shelepen goes to the Junior Worlds and the final decision about Nice we will make later,” Piseev added.
“Everything will depend on how she will perform at this championships, which place she will take and on the quality of her skating.” he noted.
Those who know well the “specificity” of the Russian skating federation probably have 99.9% of certainty that Polina Shelepen will participate at the World championships in Nice.