ISU to dis­cuss lim­it­ing quads in free skates

The Expositor (Brantford) - - SPORTS -

The In­ter­na­tional Skat­ing Union will dis­cuss lim­it­ing the num­ber of quadru­ple jumps in a free skate rou­tine, and will con­sider rais­ing the min­i­mum age to com­pete on the se­nior level from 15 to 17.

The ISU will hold its congress in Seville, Spain, from June 4-8.

With top-level men skaters load­ing their free pro­grams with quads — world cham­pion Nathan Chen has done six — the gov­ern­ing body has sev­eral con­cerns. It fears the sport is be­com­ing too much of a jump­ing con­test, shov­ing artistry and other tech­ni­cal el­e­ments aside. There also is con­cern that daily prac­tic­ing of quads can be dam­ag­ing to skaters’ health.

The Dutch skat­ing fed­er­a­tion has rec­om­mended the age change for se­nior com­pe­ti­tion. Olympic women’s cham­pion Alina Zag­i­tova was 15 at the Pyeongchang Games.

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