Minimum age for Olympic figure skating rose amid doping scandal
No 15-year-old figure skaters will be permitted to participate at the 2026 Olympics following the controversy surrounding Russian national champion Kamila Valieva at the Beijing Games of this year.
A new age limit for figure skaters has been passed at senior international events by the International Skating Union which will rise the minimum age to seventeen before the next Winter Olympics in Milan-Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.
The limit will be phased in with sixteen year old permitted to participate in the 2023-24 season. It will afterwards rise to seventeen for the season before the Olympics.
“The ISU Congress voted in favor of slowly increasing the age limit from fifteen to seventeen years for the sake of preventing the physical as well as mental health and emotional well-being of Skaters,” the ISU wrote in a statement of Twitter.
Global Athlete called for “immediate reform” to anti-doping systems. "Doping and the trauma of a positive test pose grave physical and psychological risks to all athletes but especially to minors. It is unacceptable that these risks have been placed on a 15-year-old," the athlete-led group said in a statement earlier this year.
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