During the training camp of the regional skating team in Chelyabinsk, a conflict occurred between 20-year-old Yulia Epifanova from Yekaterinburg and her former mentor, 68-year-old Alexander Kardakov. The coach took the skates worth 150 thousand rubles from the athlete, which, according to the specialist, belong to the educational institution. However, Epifanova tried to return them by force, a scuffle broke out. As a result of the incident, the girl received several stitches on her head, and the coach’s retina was damaged by pepper spray. As the head of the TFR Nikolai Gulyaev noted, the organization is conducting an internal investigation.
A very strange story happened the other day in the Ural Lightning Ice Palace in Chelyabinsk. During the training, a conflict arose between the 20-year-old skater from Yekaterinburg, Yulia Epifanova, and her former coach, Alexander Kardakov, who came to the city to train. The fault was skates worth about 150 thousand rubles.
As the sister of the athlete Anna said, everything happened on the morning of Saturday, August 12. Julia stood in the arena and waited for the exit to the ice. The ex-mentor approached her from behind and grabbed the skates. And he did it so abruptly that he cut the girl’s hands. She followed him to pick up the equipment, but Kardakov allegedly knocked Epifanova to the floor.
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“He started kicking and hitting Yulia on the head with skates. She got up and started to fight with him, but she was held by two coaches, thereby allowing Kardakov to leave with her skates, ”Anna told 74.ru
Moreover, according to the sister, the coach had pursued the athlete before, demanding the return of the equipment. But the family is sure that Epifanova is not obliged to do this.
“Yulia was constantly bullied by Kardakov because of her excess weight, because she began to show poor results. Then we came to the decision that we need to change the coach, because she wanted to quit the sport because of him. The mentor was changed, and after that he began to pursue his sister. He demanded that she give him skating skates, although he did not give her these skates, Anna said. – Skates are returned only if they were given out and the athlete quits the sport. But Julia bought skate shoes at her own expense in a store, and another trainer gave her blades. Since Yulia does not give up sports, she is not obliged to return the skates, especially since we bought them back.
However, Alexander Kardakov himself has a completely different version of the development of events. According to the expert, he was a victim in this situation.
“In training, I went up to her and took the skates. She pounced on me, sprayed me in the face with a spray can twice, I was completely blind in one eye. And how could I beat her if I didn’t see anything at all? I was just defending myself. I had skates in one hand and a backpack in the other. She beat me with her fists, I just kept my hands in front of me. In the emergency room, they said that the retina was damaged, ”the coach admitted.
At the same time, Kardakov confirmed that the conflict with Epifanova over skates has been going on for two years. Since the athlete moved from the Olympic Reserve School No. 1 to the Yunost sports complex.
“She trained with me, then she left the school and moved to another coach, but she doesn’t give up her skates … I have a lot of people now, but it’s bad with equipment. My skates are registered at the school, they are registered with me. And she is not a student. This has never happened in my 40 years of coaching. I am already 68 years old, and she is healthy, weight is 90 kg, ”the coach admitted.
At the same time, the pupils of the specialist speak very warmly about him. They say that this is a very kind person who simply could not raise a hand against his pupil, albeit a former one.
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After the incident, the police and an ambulance were called to the ice palace. The Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for Chelyabinsk is conducting an inspection. The girl was taken to the hospital, where they sewed up a wound on her head and did a CT scan. Doctors advised her to temporarily limit physical activity.
In the ice palace, they were shocked by what had happened. According to the head of the complex, Denis Lapotyshkin, after the incident, Kardakov may be restricted from entering the Ural Lightning.
“The athletes are not ours, they came to our training camp. The situation is unpleasant, we are opposed to such incidents and try to prevent them on the territory of the palace. A conversation will be held with the coach, otherwise we will restrict entry. This is unsportsmanlike behavior! The Ice Palace is a temple of sports, and here people should practice, not sort things out, ”said Lapotyshkin.
The Russian Skating Union also promptly responded to the incident. The head of the organization, Nikolai Gulyaev, said that an internal investigation was underway.
“We are looking into this situation. Now we are waiting for official comments from the police and witnesses, I would not like to draw conclusions based on the statements made. The only thing I can say is that I do not welcome any incidents, especially those related to physical violence, ”TASS quoted Gulyaev as saying.