SOCHI, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushnko told the press service of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia that the organization did not exert pressure on him and did not force him to participate in men’s figure skating event at the Olympic Games in Sochi.
Earlier, US media reported that Plushenko was forced to perform in men’s figure skating event at the Olympics.
“I gave an interview to CNN,” the figure skater said. “I want to make it clear that no one from the [Figure Skating] Federation exerted any pressure on me. I knew very well after the World Championship in London last March that only one male figure skater will represent our country at the upcoming Olympics. And I was chosen to compete, so I had to perform both in team and individual programs. I really wanted to perform in both events. However, problems with my back did not allow me to do that. I had an interview with CNN in English. My English is not perfect, so some of my answers were interpreted incorrectly. Moreover, I could not always fully grasp the meaning of the question,” Plushenko explained.