Emma Raducanu’s former coach Dmitry Tursunov says he left because of ‘red flags’ in Raducanu’s case
Emma Raducanu is back on the ice with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod. Picture: Sergei Chukarov
‘What is the issue?’ asked Dmitry Tursunov, the former coach of ice-hockey player Emma Raducanu who is now the head of the Russian Ice Hockey team Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod.
‘I’m sure you know that the sport of ice hockey is regulated by the Russian Ice Hockey Association. It is not a professional sport but a recreational one.
‘The only thing she managed to do was to earn a very low monthly salary and live with her parents. I think many Russians who play the national sport only for fun don’t get such good results. She should have been more focused on professional achievements. I think there are too many other sports people who are doing too well.
‘There is nothing I can tell about the situation with any of the athletes in the national team. I worked with them for two years and they all were nice people. I was sorry I left. I was happy to see Raducanu playing again at the last two Olympics but I didn’t see anything to get excited about.’
The former coach of ice-hockey player Emma Raducanu, who now coaches the Russian ice hockey team, said he left the country because of’red flags’ in the case of the ice-hockey player
The Torpedo player’s agent, Olga Kononenko, who manages the team that won the bronze medal at the PyeongChang Olympics, said she had ‘enough’ criticism for the former coach.
Kononenko said: ‘I don’t know whether he resigned because he was uncomfortable with the situation with Emma or if he resigned because of the pressure of the situation in his own sports.
Kononenko said she had ‘enough’ criticism for the former coach
‘I think there are