No matter how much Irina Slutskaya wants to skate at the worlds in Calgary next weekend, she can't.
Earlier this week, the Olympic bronze medallist from Russia announced she wanted to compete at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships at the Saddledome, March 20-26. The entry deadline was Feb. 28 and Slutskaya was not included on the list of Russian skaters because she had indicated to her federation she would not be going.
Devra Pitt Getaz, communications director for the International Skating Union, told the Sun Slutskaya is not eligible to compete at the worlds as per Rule 378 of the special regulations of single-and-pair skating.
"As Irina Slutskaya was not entered as a competitor nor as a substitute prior to the deadline for entry submission to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2006, she will not be competing in this event," Pitt Getaz said.
The Russian entries are Katarina Gerboldt, Arina Martinova and Elena Sokolova. Olga Naidenova is listed as the substitute.
The Sun reported yesterday Shizuka Arakawa, the gold medallist in Turin, has withdrawn from the competition and will be replaced by the Japanese team of Yoshie Onda, who joins Fumie Suguri and Yukari Nakano.
A source told the Sun doubts are being cast upon American Sasha Cohen's attendance as well. Injuries, which she fought through to earn silver at the Olympics, are hampering her training for worlds.