Plushenko gets 2014 Olympics green light
MOSCOW — Three-time world champion Yevgeny Plushenko was on Sunday given the green light for the 2014 Olympics after the International Skating Union (ISU) restored the Russian's amateur status.
"The ISU council decided to restore Plushenko's amateur status today. It was their unanimous decision," said Russian skating federation executive director Valentin Piseyev.
Last year, the 2006 Olympic gold medallist lost his eligibility to skate at the Sochi Games after the ISU punished him for skating in exhibitions without permission.
The 28-year-old, who also won silver at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics, had pulled out of the 2010 world championship citing a knee injury but then skated in exhibitions without the authorisation of the ISU.
He was banned in June and did not appeal within the 21 days allowed so the ISU confirmed they were upholding their decision.
Earlier this year Plushenko wrote a letter through the Russian figure skating federation asking the ISU to reinstate him as an active amateur sportsman.
Plushenko has a long history of knee problems but ended a three-year retirement to skate at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics where he took silver behind American Evan Lysacek.
Despite his health problems the skater from Saint Petersburg has expressed his hope of recapturing his Olympic men's title at his home Games in Sochi when he would be 31.