Short track speed skater Viktor Ahn has thanked fans in Russia in an open letter for their support throughout his career in the Russian national team following his decision to retire from the sport.
Six-time Olympic short-track speed skating gold medallist Viktor Ahn has decided to retire from the sport and return to his home country of South Korea after rejecting an offer to coach the Russian team.
Russia's six-time Olympic short track speed skating gold medallist Viktor Ahn will make a decision by November about whether or not to continue his career in the sport.
The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) have confirmed that they have sent a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) requesting the reasons behind the Pyeongchang 2018 bans of Viktor Ahn, Anton Shipulin and Sergey Ustiugov.
Viktor Ahn has reportedly been ruled out of competing at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics after being implicated in the McLaren Report, with fellow speed skaters on the Russian team also banned.
Viktor Ahn, the world's most successful Olympic short track speed skater with six gold medals, will have the opportunity to seek more at next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang after being named in the Russian team.
Six-time Olympic short track speed skating champion Viktor Ahn said he is prepared for the possibility of a hostile reception from the South Korean crowd at Pyeongchang 2018.