Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
European Commission – Press release: Antitrust Commission opens formal investigation into International Skating Union’s eligibility rules –
The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation into International Skating Union (ISU) rules that permanently ban skaters from competitions such as the Winter Olympics and the ISU World and European Championships if they take part in events not approved by the ISU.
Even though this investigation is a result of a complaint filed by two Dutch speed skaters, Mark Tuitert and Niels Kerstholt, the impact on all athletes competing under the current ISU rules would be impacted by a finding of antitrust violations.
This has the potential to impact figure skating in a major way. It could well signal the return of Pro-Am figure skating events to the sport with opportunities for skaters to extend their competitive careers and in turn, reduce the ISU’s stranglehold over the sport.
Blazing Blades will be following this story closely and report all updates as they become available.
Read the European Commission’s press release here: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-15-5771_en.htm
ISU publishes official response “European Commission investigation into ISU eligibility rules“.