— Published 11 September 2023

The IOC raises the age limit for short track

Change in sight for the Milan-Cortina 2026 Winter Games. At its meeting on Friday 8 September, the IOC Executive Board examined the regulations for the ice events. It approved the qualification process for long-track speed skating. It is identical to the one put in place for the Beijing 2022 Games. Short track, on the other hand, is entering a new era. At the request of the International Skating Union (ISU), the IOC has changed the minimum age for competitors authorised to take to the ice. In order to take part in the Milan-Cortina 2026 Games, competitors must be at least 17 years old on 1 July 2025. Last June, the IOC Executive Board approved the qualification systems for other sports, including ice hockey, biathlon, curling, figure skating and ski mountaineering. The Milan-Cortina Winter Games will take place from 6 to 22 February 2026.