The ISU welcomes the annulment by the General Court judgment on 16 December 2020 (Case T-93/18) of the provisions of the European Commission of 8 December 2017 requiring the ISU to amend its Eligibility Rules with respect to the CAS arbitration system. The General Court has confirmed that the CAS arbitration system is fully consistent with EU law.
Taking into account the experience gained since the implementation of ISU Communication No. 2128, the ISU Council has decided to update and extend the specifications and guidelines relating to Rule 280, paragraph 5 on Rink Board Padding systems in the ISU Special Regulations for Short Track Speed Skating. The purpose of Communication No. 2365 is to establish further requirements and guidelines, taking advantage of the developments and improvements in technologies and solutions for Padding, in order to increase the safety of Skaters.
A second Synchronized Skating Online Element Evaluation is being offered and arranged by the ISU Synchronized Skating Technical Committee to provide an opportunity for International and Championship Synchronized Skating Teams to have several SyS Elements evaluated by ISU and International Officials prior to the upcoming competition season.
In accordance with the ISU Regulations, Rule 417, paragraph 1, ISU Members may send to the ISU Secretariat, with a copy to the Chair of the Ice Dance Technical Committee, applications to host ISU Seminars for Ice Dance Referees and Judges in 2020 fulfilling the characteristics.
A report is now available on the ISU Development Program 2019. The report covers all aspects of the Development Program in 2019, from ISU Member Projects, to Scholarships, to Development Commission initiatives such as the Visiting ISU Coach initiative, to eLearning and CoEs.
The ISU Council met on Thursday December 10, 2021. Among other decisions that will be published in due course in an ISU Communication Decisions of the Council, the Council decided to cancel certain ISU Events in view of the worsening worldwide Covid-19 pandemic situation and the consequent increasing risks for organizers and participants.
It’s all about time in Speed Skating. Curiously enough, not much scientific research has been done comparing the finishing times of junior Skaters in talent development. Dr. Inge Stoter obtained her PhD at the University of Groningen in March of this year, doing exactly that. Last week she won the Boymans Prize on the Day of Sports Research in Eindhoven. The ISU is proud to have contributed to the research, which also led to the development of two practical tools for Speed Skating coaches.
In accordance with the ISU Regulations, Rule 417, paragraph 1, ISU Members may send to the ISU Secretariat, with a copy to the Chair of the Single & Pair Skating Technical Committee, applications for ISU Sponsored and Recognized Single & Pair Skating Judges’ Seminars 2021. The deadline for these applications is established as January 1, 2021.
The current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many parts of the world means that travel restrictions are currently in place and the travel situation is likely to remain complex for the coming months in which the Beijing 2022 Test Events were scheduled. The Beijing 2022 Organising Committee (Beijing 2022), the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the International Winter Sports Federations (IFs), concluded that it was necessary to take an immediate joint decision on a tailored programme based on the needs of each individual IF. Beijing 2022, the IOC, IPC and the IFs jointly decided to develop an adapted sports testing programme in preparation for the Olympic Winter Games 2022. The adapted programme will replace the organization of a series of international Test Events originally planned for the month of December 2020 and the first quarter of 2021.
Figure Skating Judge Reappointment Online Learning Exercises are now available on the ISU eLearning platform.