ISU to raise least age for senior contests to 17

ISU to raise least age for senior contests to 17

ISU to raise least age for senior contests to 17
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  • The choice came after Russian professional skater Kamila Valieva tried positive for a prohibited substance while at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, when she was 15.
  • Valieva’s case provoked inquiries about whether the base age for rivals in figure skating should have been raised to safeguard minors.

ISU (The International Skating Union)  casted a ballot to slowly raise the base rivalry age for senior figure skating contests from 15 to 17.

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The decision was made after an enthusiastic discussion at their congress on Tuesday.

The base age for skaters will be 16 years of age for the 2023-24 season and increment to 17 from the2024-25 season onwards, in time for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

The proposition was passed by 100 votes to 16 with two abstentions at the congress in Phuket, Thailand, well clear of the 66% larger part required.

“This is vital choice,” ISU President Jan Dijkema said after cheers and acclaim from delegates welcomed the outcome.

“I would agree that an extremely noteworthy choice.”

Valieva, who is presently 16, had bombed a doping test at the Russian public titles last December however the outcome was just uncovered on Feb. 8, a day after she had helped the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) win the group occasion at the Beijing Games.

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She was cleared to contend in the ladies’ singles occasion in Beijing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, yet staggered to fourth place with a blunder loaded free skate.

Russian figure skating trainer Tatiana Tarasova recommended the standard change was pointed decisively at her country.

“They see that there is an enormous number of young ladies and young men in our nation and they need to obstruct them from contending,” she told Russia’s Match TV.

The Israeli representative to the congress, supporting a bombed revision to the proposition, contended that the standard change would excessively affect more modest countries with less skaters.

In an enthusiastic discourse, nonetheless, ISU Athletes Commission part Eric Radford said that by far most of skaters were supportive of the change.

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“The existence of a competitor is short and extreme, their involvement with this short stage sets the stage until the end of their lives – – genuinely, profoundly inwardly,” said the Canadian, who won a sets gold at the 2018 Olympics.

“While I hear the worries of specific countries about the quick trouble that they could look with this proposition being passed … is a decoration truly worth the existence of a youthful competitor?”

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