Ahn Hyun-soo (38, Korean name Viktor Ahn), whose return to Korea was canceled, refuted the claim that he showed a double attitude when naturalized in Russia in 2011.
Ahn Hyun-soo said on his social media account on the 7th, “I have lived only exercising for 30 years, and it is difficult for me to express my voice due to my personality. Regarding the part that exists, I will tell you the process without an inch of lies,” he said, breaking his silence.
Through this article, on the 13th, the Korean Ice Skating Leaders Federation said, “It was later revealed that Ahn Hyun-soo received the Olympic gold medal pension in a lump sum right before naturalization (Russia). He refuted the claim that he pretended.
Ahn Hyun-soo said, “I decided to naturalize in July, and it was right to return the lump sum I received, so I donated the full amount to a child in need of heart surgery and a junior athlete in need of rehabilitation and treatment.” As it was known as a Russian article, the Korean side misrepresented it as if the pension was received first in July and naturalization was decided in August. The naturalization was announced in August, but everything was decided in July and proceeded according to the procedure.”
Meanwhile, Ahn Hyun-soo applied for an open recruitment for the ice team coach position at Seongnam City Hall last month. After passing the document screening, he even went through an interview, but ultimately failed. At the time, the Korean Leaders Federation revealed Ahn Hyun-soo’s past and issued a statement to the effect that he was not suitable for the coaching position.
▲ Full text of Ahn Hyun-soo’s statement.
hello. This is Victor Ahn <Ahn Hyun-soo>.
I’m sorry that my name has recently risen due to a noisy issue at a time when everyone is having a hard time.
The reason why I couldn’t answer the questions you were curious about was that the recruitment process was in progress, so I had no choice but to be silent to speak after the announcement, judging that it could cause misunderstanding.
I’ve been working out for 30 years, and it’s difficult for me to express my voice due to my personality. As a result, I will tell you the process without any lies about the most controversial part right now.
I left for Russia in June 2011, and while meeting the president of the Russian Skating Federation and talking about future training plans, he suggested <naturalization> and Tatiana Bordolina, a female player with dual citizenship in Russia and Australia, in the Russian team. You said. So, it is true that I knew that dual citizenship was possible and looked into it. 안전놀이터
However, after realizing that I did not qualify as a <special case> like that player, I felt the sincerity of a good athletic environment, a team to train with, and the trust of President Alexei Kravtsov <I decided to naturalize in July. > I decided that it was right to return the lump sum I received, so I donated the entire amount to <a child in need of heart surgery and a junior athlete in need of rehabilitation and treatment>.
However, as the Russian side reported that the naturalization process was going on in August, the Korean side was mistakenly informed as if they had received their pension first in July and decided to naturalize in August. Naturalization was announced in August, but everything was decided in July and proceeded according to the procedure.
After naturalization, I was more careful about being in the press and thought it was right to focus only on sports.
In the future, I will humbly accept the criticism of the people who have to choose naturalization for any reason, and I will try to speak out as much as possible so that these misunderstandings do not accumulate.