Evgeni Plushenko wants amateur status

MOSCOW -- Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko is seeking to regain his amateur status, which could allow him to compete in the 2014 Sochi Olympics in his home country.

Russian Figure Skating Federation president Alexander Gorshkov said Thursday that the 2006 Olympic champion sent a letter seeking the restoration of his amateur status.

Gorshkov said at a news conference that the federation gave preliminary approval, with a final decision expected in June. If approved, the federation would send it to the International Skating Union.

The ISU stripped Plushenko of eligibility last year after he appeared in exhibitions without permission.

Plushenko finished second to Evan Lysacek at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.