‘Public resistance and backlash ↑’ Viktor Ahn, it is virtually difficult to return to Korea
Russian national Victor Ahn (38, Korean name Ahn Hyun-soo) promoted a return to Korea, but was frustrated due to public opinion. According to the ice industry on the 30th, it was found that Viktor Ahn, who recently applied for a job posting as a coach for the ice team at Seongnam City Hall in Gyeonggi Province, was not selected as the final candidate and was eliminated.
Viktor Ahn applied for a job posting for an ice team coach at Seongnam City Hall in December of last year when he faced difficulties in his life as an overseas leader, such as the Russia-Ukraine War, and even completed an interview. After the interview, Victor Ahn said to the waiting reporters, “I will have a chance to talk to you,” and he kept his words as much as possible. Viktor Ahn, who had refrained from being exposed to the media even after that, was eventually eliminated, and it is expected that his return to Korea will be difficult in the future. The psychological public opinion is not good in the preceding steps such as naturalization in Russia and coaching of the Chinese national team. Not only public opinion, but also within the ice world, resistance and repulsion to Viktor Ahn are high. Earlier this month, when the news of Viktor Ahn’s attempt to return to Korea was reported, the Korea Skating Instructors’ Federation issued a statement and expressed strong concern over the application of Victor Ahn and former coach Kim Seon-tae.
At the time, the federation said, “When Viktor An abandoned his Korean nationality and became naturalized in Russia, there was a controversy over betraying his country, and he said,’I knew dual citizenship would be possible,’ but it was later revealed that he received a lump sum pension right before naturalization.” I knew in advance and received the pension as a lump sum, then pretended not to know.” At the same time, he expressed his stance against returning to Korea, saying, “Avoiding a crisis with lies and taking private interests instead of fairness is not the appearance of a proper leader.”
In a situation where there is a high level of unfavorable and critical gaze towards Viktor Ahn, there is a story that there would have been a lot of pressure from the perspective of the recruitment agency.
Victor Ahn, who won three gold medals at the 2006 Torino Winter Olympics and played an active role as a representative of Korea in short track speed skating, dropped out of the national team selection event ahead of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and the Seongnam City Hall ice team, which was his team at the time, was disbanded due to financial problems. I chose Russian citizenship.
After acquiring Russian citizenship in 2011, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics marked a revival by participating as the Russian national team and winning three gold medals, and the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics were unable to compete due to the Russian athletes’ drug doping scandal. Victor An turned into a leader and coached the Chinese short track team, helping to win four medals (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. 안전놀이터