Tracking ISU and U.S. Figure Skating Events, Issues and Governance
The following paragraph included in the IOC Executive Board Statement on the WADA Independent Person Report will now bring Figure Skating front and center…
The Paragraph in question (read from the report) @ https://www.olympic.org/…/statement-of-the-executive-board-… is quoted below…
“Because of the detailed references to the manipulation of samples during the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014 the IOC asks all International Olympic Winter Sports Federations “to freeze their preparations for major events in Russia, such as World Championships, World Cups or other major international competitions under their responsibility, and to actively look for alternative organizers.” “
The 2016-2017 Rostelcom Cup is a major international competition within the International Skating Union’s (ISU) Grand Prix of Figure Skating. The IOC is asking that preparations for this event be frozen and for the ISU to seek an alternative organizer (of which there are none in Russia).
This would indicate to this skating blogger that the ISU would have only three choices as I see it …
1. Seek a dispensation from the IOC to hold the event as planned;
2. Cancel Rostelcom Cup until further guidance from the IOC; or
3. Move the Rostelcom Cup to a neutral site outside Russia containing a sanctioned Anti-doping Lab under the control of WADA.
In any case, the ball is now in the ISU Court and I expect this challenge to be addressed forthwith by the ISU Council. Stay tuned skating fans.
Pete Murray – Editor