In an interview with Russian sports publication Sport-Express, 19-year-old figure skater Elizaveta Nugumanova noted that she believes she earned the right to participate at the 2021 World Championships and was upset to not have been selected.
At the 2021 Russian National Championships, Nugumanova was sixth – behind Anna Shcherbakova, Kamila Valieva, Alexandra Trusova, Daria Usacheva, and Maiia Khromykh but ahead of Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. More often than not, the highest placed competitors are sent to the major international events – of the women in the top five positions last season, only Shcherbakova and Trusova were age-eligible, leaving Nugumanova as the third age-eligible Russian representative.
In the recent interview, Nugumanova said, “It’s a shame that last year I was third among the oldest girls at the Russian Championships and did not go to the World Championships. We have always had and still have a rule that the national championship is a qualifying event for the most important international tournaments. And here I was third, but did not go to Stockholm. How should I react to this? Of course, it’s very disappointing.”
Prior to last season’s Russian Championships, the Figure Skating Federation of Russia had announced that only the national champions would automatically qualify to the World Championships. The remaining participants would be named later as the officials would take into account the results of other competitions that season.
Asked by the interviewer that if the COVID-19 pandemic had not occurred and she would have been sent to the 2021 European Championships – which were cancelled by the organizers – then she may have a different outlook. Nugumanova responded, “So I, in fact, one hundred percent should have also participated in the World Championships, if we judge by the rules of our federation. There are rules – the top three from the Russian Championships always goes to the European Championships and the World Championships. But, apparently, these rules do not concern me.”
The St. Petersburg native is a two-time medalist on the International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix series and won a bronze medal at an ISU Challenger Series competition in Warsaw in 2019.