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Adelina Sotnikova, gold medallist, won't compete at figure skating worlds

The Russian figure skating federation says Olympic gold medallists Adelina Sotnikova, and Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar won't be going to this month's world championships in Japan.

Julia Lipnitskaia will skate for Russia

Adelina Sotnikova of Russia celebrates winning the women's free skate figure skating event in Sochi last month. (Ivan Sekretarev/The Associated Press)

The Russian figure skating federation says Olympic gold medallists Adelina Sotnikova, and Maxim Trankov and Tatiana Volosozhar won't be going to this month's world championships in Japan.

In a statement on the federation's website, president Alexander Gorshkov says the federation decided not to send Sotnikova in order to give her a chance to rest and prepare for next season. Trankov and Volosozhar chose not to enter the worlds.

Russia's entries in the women's division of the worlds will be Julia Lipnitskaia, who helped Russia win gold in the team skating event, and Anna Pogorilaya. The pairs entries will be Sochi silver medalists Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov, and Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov.

The world championships take place in Saitama beginning March 24. You can watch the competition on CBC Sports and Cbcsports.ca.

Several high profile skaters have taken a pass on the event in the Olympic season, including Canadian Patrick Chan and Yuna Kim of South Korea. The ice dance competition will go on without the two teams that have dominated for the last several years, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Ontario, and Americans Meryl Davis and Cheryl White.

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