Russian gold medallist skater's show in doubt

Moscow, Aug 16 (IANS) A show starring Olympic gold medallist figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is at the centre of a dispute over organisers allegedly selling tickets for an event that is not taking place, authorities in the Russia's Krasnodar region said Thursday.

The "Kings on Ice" show had been billed as starring Plushenko, seven-time European champion Irina Slutskaya and Olympic silver medallist Stephane Lambiel, and advertised on Plushenko's website, but there are no plans for the venue advertised to host the show, the regional government said.

Tickets for the show are available online at prices from 1,000 to 2,400 rubles ($31 to $75) and diagrams of available seating indicate that many tickets may have already been sold.

"Buying tickets for the 'Kings on Ice' show in Krasnodar is dangerous for your financial health," the regional government's sports ministry said in a statement.

Plushenko's agent Ari Zakaryan told R-Sport that he was unaware of tickets being sold and promised to pull advertising for the show from the skater's website.

"I know that they were planning to do a show and the promoter gives a call to the ticket office and they say they are not selling tickets," he said.

"The agreement was between me and the promoter and Plushenko has nothing to do with that. I'm his agent and I'm booking his events, that's all. He's in training."

Plushenko is the reigning Russian and European champion after coming back to the sport last season after a season out with injuries and a ban for taking part in unauthorized professional shows. He has seven European titles and three world championships.

--IANS/RIA Novosti

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