"We didn’t have time to recruit new teammates"
Team Paradise (RUS) competing in Sweden last season. (Credits: Ice Galaxy Photos - 2020)
As the new coronavirus continues to spread, Russia has stepped up its measures to slow the pandemic's spread within its borders. Skaters of Team Paradise, the multiple national champions, try to stay positive and keep training every day.
The situation in Russia
"Yes, only grocery stores and convenience stores are open now. All schools, universities are closed, we are studying online, but we still have the opportunity to leave home for a walk," continued the Russian senior champions.
Team Paradise consists now of 17 skaters, four athletes from last season have decided to stop skating. "Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to recruit new teammates but of course we’ll do it after quarantine," added the team.
Ideas and new elements
The Russian multiple champions are now working on new elements. "We exchange ideas and seek inspiration. We are waiting for the official ISU communication of the new rules for next season from ISU. After that, we will start to work on the new programs," said the skaters.
According to the Moscow Times, the head of Russia’s consumer health watchdog argued self-isolation should be extended by at least another two weeks, until the middle of May.