— Published 21 February 2022

UIS wants to move from 15 to 17

The Kamila Valieva affair could well have a very concrete consequence for figure skating. According to AFP, the ISU will propose at its next congress, scheduled for June 2022, to raise the minimum age to compete in the senior category. “The ISU Council has already decided to include a proposal to increase the competitors’ age limit to 17 across all ISU Figure Skating disciplines,” says the international body. A more detailed proposal will be published on April 30. It will need to be approved by a two-thirds majority at the 2022 Congress, to be held June 6-10 in Phuket, Thailand. The minimum age to compete in ISU senior competitions is currently set at 15 years. Officially, the proposal to raise it by two years is not directly linked to the doping case of the young Russian Kamila Valieva, 15 years old, which agitated the Beijing Games. But it would have the effect for the ISU of no longer having to deal with “protected” skaters, because they are under 16 years of age, in case of anti-doping rule violations.