Short track legend Viktor Ahn (38, Korean name Ahn Hyeon-soo), who was naturalized as a Russian citizen, corrected the controversy surrounding the recent Olympic medal pension receipt.
On the 7th, Viktor Ahn posted on his Instagram, “I am sorry that everyone has been named as a noisy issue during a difficult time. It was based on the judgment that it could be aroused,” he said.
Previously, he recently applied for the position of coach of the ice team at Seongnam City Hall, and in the hiring process, suspicions arose that he had received an Olympic medal pension in a lump sum before naturalizing in Russia in the past, and controversy arose.
The Korean Ice Skating Leaders Federation even issued a press release and explained, “Victor Ahn gave up his Korean nationality and naturalized as a Russian citizen, and when there was a controversy over betraying his country, he explained, ‘I knew dual citizenship would be possible.’ Victor Ahn said, “The most important thing for the Korean ice skating rink to be trusted and loved by the people again is the leader’s honest work ethic and healthy mindset.” He openly opposed the return. In the end, Seongnam City Hall announced that there were no successful candidates in this recruitment. 스포츠토토
As if to refute this, Viktor Ahn said, “I left for Russia in June 2011, and while talking with the president of the Russian Skating Federation about future training plans, I heard the story of Tatiana Volulolina, a Russian-Australian dual nationality athlete from Russia.”
“However, I realized that I was not a special case like that player, and after much consideration, I made the decision to naturalize in July.” I donated the entire amount to my junior players,” he said.
Victor Ahn said, “However, as the naturalization process became known as an article from Russia in August, it was misrepresented in Korea as if you received your pension first in July and decided to naturalize in August. Naturalization was known in August, but everything was decided in July. We followed the procedure,” he explained.
In particular, he said, “I’ve lived exclusively with sports for 30 years, and it’s difficult for me to express my voice due to my personality.” “After naturalization, I was cautious about appearing in the media, and I thought it was right to focus only on the movement,” he said. he emphasized.