The March 26, 2014 Chicago Tribune article ‘Figure skating boss proposes radical changes to sport’ included a release of his 7 major proposals for change in the sport of figure skating which he sent to all ISU Committee and Member voting representatives in advance of the June 2014 ISU Congress. These proposals should have all skaters, coaches, officials and fans of the sport shaking in their boots.
Particularly off the wall is his idea to do away with all short programs and short dances – across all disciplines.
For those who have not yet read Cinquanta’s proposals they include:
1. Retain Anonymous Judging.
2. Simplify the IJS Scoring System to make it more understandable to the general fan.
3. All disciplines of Figure Skating should have identical times for all programs (this means long programs).
4. Redefine/Rename the ‘Senior’ category to allow for wider range in age for competitors.
5. Eliminate all Short Programs across all disciplines.
6. Clarify the true difference between the Pairs and Ice Dance disciplines.
7. ISU decide what will be the one Team Skating discipline for the Olympics; the Sochi model or Synchronized Team Skating.
Cinquanta’s letter to ISU Members can be read Here! http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-ottavio-cinquanta-letter-20140325,0,885489.story?page=2
The most egregious idea of all the above is Proposal No. 5 – Eliminate Short Programs
(Cinquanta’s Reasoning): If almost no other sports are based on two segments there must be a reason. I would like to emphasize that the Short Program (2.50” for every discipline) is practically skated to make sure that the athletes can perform the required elements decided. But if the required elements are necessary the ISU might put them in the so-called Free Program, the duration of which will be determined by the ISU technical bodies, as already pointed out. In addition the abolishment of the Short Program might permit to conduct two Championships together: Junior and Elite/Open (or other expressions).
Monica Friedlander’s article for the SF Figure Skating Examiner ‘Skating chief puts short program on the chopping block ‘lays bare the folly of these proposals and his ridiculous reasoning for them. She writes, “Cinquanta’s pretext for wanting to kill the short program is that other sports are not based on two rounds. So? Figure skating is unique in many ways. It is also the only Winter Olympic sport performed to music. Will Cinquanta make skaters skate to silence?”
Actually his pretext is false. There are many sports that have more than one segment, i.e. Speed Skating with its qualifying rounds, as well as multi-segment events like Gymnastics and other team sports utilizing qualifying systems, tennis for one, hockey another.
Everyone should read her article Here! http://www.examiner.com/article/skating-chief-puts-short-program-on-the-chopping-block
There is one very important element that Monica did not discuss. Elimination of all Short Programs will financially damage the sport in several ways. It will mean loss of work and income for choreographers and coaches with even less attention being paid to the artistic side of the sport. Host cities, organizing committees, and Federation sponsorship for international competitions will see a great reduction in fan support and travel to view events live. Will major media live coverage providers be willing to cough up the same level of payment for rights to cover a sport that guts their events in half?
Cinquanta’s proposal to do away with all short programs fully demonstrates his total lack of understanding for the sport he leads. He professes no knowledge of the sport and little interest in it. His continued leadership will truly bring about the death of the sport already in trouble.
If you agree with this petition and want to have an impact on the future of the sport it is important that you sign it and then forward either a copy of it in full or the link to this page to your nation’s Figure Skating Governing Body. There is a list of all ISU Member Governing Bodies and their Presidents and email addresses below.
We petitioners urge all ISU member federations and associations to defeat these proposals and put forth a motion for a NO CONFIDENCE vote for President Cinquanta and finally begin impeachment proceedings for his immediate resignation or removal from the ISU Presidency.
ISU Federations/Associations Email Addresses
Andorra - President: Mrs. Mónica López - General Secretary: Mrs. Raquel Puigcernal email@example.com
Argentina - President: Dr Jorge Fazio - General Secretary: Ms Maria Luz Carricart firstname.lastname@example.org
Armenia - President: President: Mr Dario Urssino - General Secretary: Mrs Maria Dolores Cazorla email@example.com
Australia - President: Ms Catherine Taylor - Secretary: Mr Sean O'Brien firstname.lastname@example.org
Austria - President: Ms Christiane Moerth - General Secretary: Mrs Friederike Worff email@example.com
Azerbaijan - President: Mr Iskander Khalilov - General Secretary: Mr Ramin Mammadov firstname.lastname@example.org
Belarus - President: Mr Mikalai Ananyeu - General Secretary: Ms. Julia Komleva email@example.com
Belgium - President: Mr Antoine Van Vossel - General Secretary: Mrs Gaby Deckmyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Bosnia and Herzegovina - President: Mr Zikrija Donko - General Secretary: Mr Vladimir Kezunovic email@example.com
Brazil - President: Mr Emilio De Souza Strapasson - Secretary: Ms. Otilia Faria firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulgaria - President: Ms Tatiana Yordanova - General Secretary: Vacant email@example.com
Canada - President: Mrs Leanna Caron - Chief Executive Officer: Mr Dan Thompson firstname.lastname@example.org
China - President: Mr Tian Xiao - General Secretary: Mr Lixin Tong email@example.com
Chinese Taipei - President: Mr Jan-Tar Wang - General Secretary: Mr Rich K.H. Lee firstname.lastname@example.org
Croatia - President: Mrs Morana Palikovic-Gruden - General Secretary: Mrs Melita Juratek Cipek email@example.com
Cyprus - President: Mr Andreas Georgiades - General Secretary: Mrs Soula Constantinidou firstname.lastname@example.org
Czech Republic - President: Dr Vera Tauchmanova - General Secretary: Mr Karel Oubrecht email@example.com
Denmark - President: Mrs Ingelise Blangsted - General Secretary: Mrs Mariann Vasbo firstname.lastname@example.org
Estonia - President: Mr Edgar Savisaar - General Secretary: Mr Gunnar Kuura email@example.com
Finland - President: Mrs Susanna Rahkamo - General Secretary: Mrs Leaman firstname.lastname@example.org
France - President: Mr Didier Gailhaguet - General Secretary: Mr Francis Fontanie email@example.com
Georgia - President: Ms Mariam Giorgobiani - General Secretary: Ms Salome Chigogidze firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany - President: Mr Dieter Hillebrand - General Secretary: Mr Michael Talermann email@example.com
Great Britain - President: Mr Ken Pendrey - Chief Executive: Mr Nicholas Sellwood
Greece - President: Mr Georgios Markouizos - General Secretary: Ms Georgia Proimou firstname.lastname@example.org
Grenada - President: Mr Earl Clarkson - General Secretary: Ms Reena Leschinsky
Hong Kong - President: Ms Yin Yip Siu - General Secretary: Mr Kwong Lin Hoi email@example.com
Hungary - President: Mr Lajos Kósa - General Secretary: Mr György Sallak firstname.lastname@example.org
Iceland - President: Mr Björgvin I. Ormarsson - General Secretary: Mrs Bjarnveig Gujónsdóttir
India - President: Mr Bhavnesh Banga - General Secretary: Mr Saurabh Gupta email@example.com
Indonesia - Chairman: Mr. Ir. H. S. Wibowo S. Hardjito, General Secretary: Drs TB. Ade Lukman firstname.lastname@example.org
Ireland - President: Ms Karen O'Sullivan - Vice President: Ms Cindy Mundow email@example.com
Israel - President: Mr Boris Chait - General Secretary: Mrs Anna Slavin firstname.lastname@example.org
Italy - President: Mr Giancarlo Bolognini - General Secretary: Mr Alberto Berto email@example.com
Japan - President: Mrs Seiko Hashimoto - General Secretary: Mr Yoshihito Amano firstname.lastname@example.org
Kazakhstan - President: Mr Vasily Krylov - General Secretary: Ms Anzjhelika Gavrilova email@example.com
Latvia - President: Mrs Marika Nugumanova - General Secretary: Mrs Strautmane Arta firstname.lastname@example.org
Lithuania - President: Ms Lilija Vanagiene - General Secretary: Ms Dovile Pervazaite email@example.com
Luxembourg - President: Mr Neil Valentine - General Secretary: Mrs Thiresia Kafatsaki firstname.lastname@example.org
Malaysia - President: Ms Laila Abdullah - Honorary Secretary: Ms Jennifer Campton email@example.com
Mexico - President: Mr José Luis Aguilar-Urzaiz - General Secretary: Mr Alfonso Morones-Bulnes firstname.lastname@example.org
Monaco - President: Mr Pascal Camia - General Secretary: Mr Gérard Ravera email@example.com
Netherlands - President: Vacant - General Secretary: Mr Paul Sanders firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand - President: Ms Jeanette King - General Secretary: Mrs Bridget Danbrook email@example.com
North Korea - President: Mr Jin Choe Kwang - General Secretary: Mr Thae Kim Sung firstname.lastname@example.org
Norway - President: Mr Rune Gerhardsen - General Secretary: Mr Lasse Sætre email@example.com
Philippines - President: Mr Manuel Veguillas - General Secretary: Mr Benito Lim firstname.lastname@example.org
Poland - President: Mr Dagiel Zenon - General Secretary: Ms Ewa Kierzkowska email@example.com
Puerto Rico - President: Ms Lynette Spano - General Secretary: Vacant firstname.lastname@example.org
Romania - President: Mr Adrian George Ciobanu - General Secretary: Mr Ion Armenciu email@example.com
Russia - President: Mr Aleksander Gorshkov - General Director: Mr Valentin Piseev firstname.lastname@example.org
Serbia - President: Ms Vojislava Vasovic - General Secretary: Ms Vesna Rakovic email@example.com
Singapore - President: Ms Sonja Chong - General Secretary: Ms Alison Chan firstname.lastname@example.org
Slovakia - President: Mrs Felicitas Babušiková - General Secretary: Mrs Mária Zervanová email@example.com
Slovenia - President: Mrs Darja Gabrovsek Polajnar - Technical Secretary: Mrs Andreja Zelinka firstname.lastname@example.org
South Africa - President: Mr Vincenzo D'Aguanno - General Secretary: Mrs Deborah Rees email@example.com
South Korea - President: Mr Kim Jae-Youl - General Secretary: Mr Kim Kwan Kyu firstname.lastname@example.org
Spain - President: Mrs Maria-Teresa Samaranch - General Secretary: Mr Antonio Fdez. Arimany email@example.com
Sweden - President: Mrs Katarina Henriksson - General Secretary: Mrs. Malin Jarl firstname.lastname@example.org
Switzerland - President: Mr Roland Wehinger - General Secretary: Mrs Yvonne Zahnd email@example.com
Thailand - President: Ms Suwanna Silpa-Archa - General Secretary: Dr. Srihasak Arirachakaran firstname.lastname@example.org
Turkey - President: Mr Fahrettin Kandemir - General Secretary: Mrs BaŠŸak Derbent email@example.com
Ukraine - President: Mr Evgeniy Larin - General Secretary: Mrs Anastasiya Makarova firstname.lastname@example.org
United Arab Emirates - Chairman: Dr Ahmed Almazrouei - Chief Executive Officer: Mr Juma Aldhaheri
United States - President: Ms Patricia St.Peter - Executive Director: Mr David Raith email@example.com
Uzbekistan - President: Mr Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov - General Secretary: Mr Evgeniy Nujdin firstname.lastname@example.org