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Sikharulidze: the best rules are not a guarantee of objectivity if someone is pulled

S.-PETERSBURG, December 29, Boris Khodorovsky. Any refereeing system in figure skating will not be able to guarantee objectivity if there are referees who will start pulling someone, says the head of the St. Petersburg Figure Skating Federation, Olympic champion Anton Sikharulidze. Sikharulidze was elected to the post of the head of the Figure Skating Federation St. Petersburg December 17. As an athlete, he, in a sports pair with Elena Berezhnaya, became a defendant in the referee scandal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Then Berezhnaya and Sikharulidze won gold in the fight against Canadians Jamie Sale and David Pelletier by a margin of one judge's vote. Later, under pressure from the Western press, the Canadian couple was also awarded gold, and the judging system in figure skating was revised. “Of course, the new rules had a positive effect on the judging, but the referee is still a living person. You can always find a loophole to use it for lobbying. We must strive to ensure that the entire judiciary is objective and impartial. As soon as there are people who can pull someone up, the best rules do not guarantee objectivity. I would like to see in the ranks of the judiciary people for whom the sporting principle and interests of figure skating are more important I hope that most of the referees are just such people, “Sikharulidze said. Several controversial referee decisions were made at the Russian Championship in St. Petersburg last week. Thus, two-time Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko called for a test run between the bronze medalist of the tournament Anna Shcherbakova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva who took seventh place in the fight for the Olympic ticket, noting that “everyone understands everything, sees everything.”


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