“The parts that were not true were reflected as if they were true.”
Victor Ahn (38, Korean name Ahn Hyun-soo), a former short track national team member, opened his mouth. Victor Ahn applied for an open recruitment for the ice team coach position at Seongnam City Hall, Gyeonggi Province, which was announced in December last year. After passing the document screening, he even went to the interview, but he did not make it to the final double. In the process, he also had a lot of controversy. Viktor Ahn said on his social media on the 7th, “I’m sorry for raising my name as a noisy issue in a difficult time for everyone,” and “I will tell you without any lies about the most controversial part.” 메이저놀이터
The Russian naturalization process was explained. Victor Ahn said, “I left for Russia in June 2011 and met the president of the Russian Ice Skating Federation. During a conversation about plans, he was offered naturalization. At the same time, he mentioned Tatiana Borudolina, a Russian and Australian dual nationality player.” After thinking about it, I felt the sincerity of Alexei Kravtsov, a team where I could train with a good environment, and decided to naturalize in July.”
He also corrected the controversy surrounding the receipt of a lump sum pension. Victor Ahn said, “(At the time), 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 player in need of rehabilitation and treatment.” He continued, “As the naturalization process became known in an article from Russia in August, it was misrepresented in Korea as if they received their pension first in July and then decided to naturalize in August. Naturalization was announced in August, but everything was decided in July and proceeded according to the procedure,” he emphasized.
Viktor Ahn’s position refutes the statement made earlier by the Korea Skating Leaders Federation. The Korean Skating Instructors Federation released a press release after the news that Viktor Ahn had applied for the coaching position at Seongnam City Hall was known, and explained, “When Viktor Ahn gave up his Korean nationality and became a naturalized Russian citizen, there was a controversy over betraying his country, and ‘I thought dual nationality was possible.’ However, it was later revealed that he had received his pension as a lump sum right before his naturalization. He claimed that he knew in advance that dual citizenship was not allowed, and after receiving it, he pretended not to know.”
Victor Ahn was one of the leading short track skaters in Korea. He swept the men’s 1000m, 1500m, and 5000m relay at the 2006 Tori Nodong Olympics, becoming the first three Olympic gold medals in Korean sports history. Afterwards, factional fights and problems with his team intertwined, and his player life suffered. Victor Ahn said, “After naturalization, I was cautious about appearing in the media, and I thought it was right to focus only on the movement.” (But) I will try to speak out as much as possible so that these misunderstandings do not accumulate.”