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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Defends Judges




Valentin Piseyev, the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, says he will fight the sport's governing body over its decision to suspend two judges.


Ukraine judge Alfred Korytek and his Russian counterpart Sviatoslav Babenko were found to have broken judging rules by communicating in various ways during the pairs final in last month's world championships in Helsinki, Finland.


The length of the suspension, expected to be at least a year, is to be set at a later meeting of the International Skating Union, or ISU, but Piseyev says the move is unfair.


"I want [ISU president Ottavio] Cinquanta and other ISU officials to know that Russia, a great figure skating nation, will not tolerate such treatment of their representatives," he told Russian media on Tuesday.


"They [Korytek and Babenko] were not given due process at the hearing." Piseyev said.


Video made by Canadian television and submitted to officials during the championships appeared to show the two judges exchanging information on the performances of the Chinese and Polish pairs, the silver and bronze medalists in the event.


"We'll go all the way to [the European Court of Justice in] The Hague if we have to to fight this decision," Piseyev said.