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SOCHI, December 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Figure Skating Federation of Russia (FFKKR) has appointed members of the national team for the European Figure Skating Championships, due to be held in Budapest from January 13 through to January 19, 2014.
The three athletes to compete on behalf of Russia in men’s singles in Budapest are Maxim Kovtun, Sergei Voronov and Konstantin Menshov.
The trio of athletes to perform in ladies’ singles includes Adelina Sotnikova, Yulia Lipnitskaya and Alyona Leonova.
The entries for ice dance are Yelena Ilyinykh/Nikita Katsalapov, Victoria Sinitsina/Ruslan Zhiganshin, and Yekaterina Ryazanova/Ilya Tkachenko.
The FFKKR top executives and experts will name the athletes to represent Russia at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi upon completion of the European Championships. Professional merits and achievements of each athlete will be the decisive criteria underlying the choice, sports officials have said on many occasions.
At the Sochi Olympics, Russia has three quotas for pairs and ice dance each, two quotas for ladies’ singles and one quota for men’s singles.
FFKKR President Alexander Gorshkov said in a comment on the selection of men for the European Championships the Council of Coaches had proposed to delegate Plushenko to Budapest but had not issued an official recommendation for it.
Plushenko, 31, who took silver in the Russian national championship in Sochi last week ceding gold to Maxim Kovtun, 18, told reporters after the competitions he had decided to miss the European contest and to spend the one-and-a-half months left before the opening of the Olympic Games doing intense drill on the ice.
He also said that he would take part only in the team contest in Sochi but would leave the opportunity to complete in singles to the athletes who were younger and boasted more appearances in competitions during the season than he did.