19 February 2010, 16:35

Murmurs of protest over Plushenko's silver

Murmurs of protest over Plushenko's silver

A protest against the results of the free skating competition at the Olympics in Vancouver must be well-grounded, head of State Duma Sports Committee, and former figure skating champion, Anton Sikharulidze said.  He was commenting the decision of the referees to give the silver medal to Russian skater Evgeny Plushenko.  US' Evan Lysacek won the gold.

A protest against the results of the free skating competition at the Olympics in Vancouver must be well-grounded, head of State Duma Sports Committee, and former figure skating champion, Anton Sikharulidze said.  He was commenting the decision of the referees to give the silver medal to Russian skater Evgeny Plushenko.  US' Evan Lysacek won the gold.

Plushenko's wife Yana Rudkovskaya said her husband was judged unfairly at the Olympic Games in Vancouver and a protest is needed.  Before filing a protest it is necessary to analyze the performance of both the sportsmen and the protocols of the referees first, Sikharulidze said. Sikharulidze said he personally thinks that Plushenko should have been given gold because his skating was much more technical. Sikharulidze also said that it is necessary to reform the referees' scoring system in figure skating in general.

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