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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Argentina - President: Dr Jorge Fazio - General Secretary: Ms Maria Luz Carricart email@example.com
Armenia - President: President: Mr Dario Urssino - General Secretary: Mrs Maria Dolores Cazorla firstname.lastname@example.org
Australia - President: Ms Catherine Taylor - Secretary: Mr Sean O'Brien email@example.com
Austria - President: Ms Christiane Moerth - General Secretary: Mrs Friederike Worff firstname.lastname@example.org
Azerbaijan - President: Mr Iskander Khalilov - General Secretary: Mr Ramin Mammadov email@example.com
Belarus - President: Mr Mikalai Ananyeu - General Secretary: Ms. Julia Komleva firstname.lastname@example.org
Belgium - President: Mr Antoine Van Vossel - General Secretary: Mrs Gaby Deckmyn email@example.com
Bosnia and Herzegovina - President: Mr Zikrija Donko - General Secretary: Mr Vladimir Kezunovic firstname.lastname@example.org
Brazil - President: Mr Emilio De Souza Strapasson - Secretary: Ms. Otilia Faria email@example.com
Bulgaria - President: Ms Tatiana Yordanova - General Secretary: Vacant firstname.lastname@example.org
Canada - President: Mrs Leanna Caron - Chief Executive Officer: Mr Dan Thompson email@example.com
China - President: Mr Tian Xiao - General Secretary: Mr Lixin Tong firstname.lastname@example.org
Chinese Taipei - President: Mr Jan-Tar Wang - General Secretary: Mr Rich K.H. Lee email@example.com
Croatia - President: Mrs Morana Palikovic-Gruden - General Secretary: Mrs Melita Juratek Cipek firstname.lastname@example.org
Cyprus - President: Mr Andreas Georgiades - General Secretary: Mrs Soula Constantinidou email@example.com
Czech Republic - President: Dr Vera Tauchmanova - General Secretary: Mr Karel Oubrecht firstname.lastname@example.org
Denmark - President: Mrs Ingelise Blangsted - General Secretary: Mrs Mariann Vasbo email@example.com
Estonia - President: Mr Edgar Savisaar - General Secretary: Mr Gunnar Kuura firstname.lastname@example.org
Finland - President: Mrs Susanna Rahkamo - General Secretary: Mrs Leaman email@example.com
France - President: Mr Didier Gailhaguet - General Secretary: Mr Francis Fontanie firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia - President: Ms Mariam Giorgobiani - General Secretary: Ms Salome Chigogidze email@example.com
Germany - President: Mr Dieter Hillebrand - General Secretary: Mr Michael Talermann firstname.lastname@example.org
Great Britain - President: Mr Ken Pendrey - Chief Executive: Mr Nicholas Sellwood
Greece - President: Mr Georgios Markouizos - General Secretary: Ms Georgia Proimou email@example.com
Grenada - President: Mr Earl Clarkson - General Secretary: Ms Reena Leschinsky
Hong Kong - President: Ms Yin Yip Siu - General Secretary: Mr Kwong Lin Hoi firstname.lastname@example.org
Hungary - President: Mr Lajos Kósa - General Secretary: Mr György Sallak email@example.com
Iceland - President: Mr Björgvin I. Ormarsson - General Secretary: Mrs Bjarnveig Gujónsdóttir
India - President: Mr Bhavnesh Banga - General Secretary: Mr Saurabh Gupta firstname.lastname@example.org
Indonesia - Chairman: Mr. Ir. H. S. Wibowo S. Hardjito, General Secretary: Drs TB. Ade Lukman email@example.com
Ireland - President: Ms Karen O'Sullivan - Vice President: Ms Cindy Mundow firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel - President: Mr Boris Chait - General Secretary: Mrs Anna Slavin email@example.com
Italy - President: Mr Giancarlo Bolognini - General Secretary: Mr Alberto Berto firstname.lastname@example.org
Japan - President: Mrs Seiko Hashimoto - General Secretary: Mr Yoshihito Amano email@example.com
Kazakhstan - President: Mr Vasily Krylov - General Secretary: Ms Anzjhelika Gavrilova firstname.lastname@example.org
Latvia - President: Mrs Marika Nugumanova - General Secretary: Mrs Strautmane Arta email@example.com
Lithuania - President: Ms Lilija Vanagiene - General Secretary: Ms Dovile Pervazaite firstname.lastname@example.org
Luxembourg - President: Mr Neil Valentine - General Secretary: Mrs Thiresia Kafatsaki email@example.com
Malaysia - President: Ms Laila Abdullah - Honorary Secretary: Ms Jennifer Campton firstname.lastname@example.org
Mexico - President: Mr José Luis Aguilar-Urzaiz - General Secretary: Mr Alfonso Morones-Bulnes email@example.com
Monaco - President: Mr Pascal Camia - General Secretary: Mr Gérard Ravera firstname.lastname@example.org
Netherlands - President: Vacant - General Secretary: Mr Paul Sanders email@example.com
New Zealand - President: Ms Jeanette King - General Secretary: Mrs Bridget Danbrook firstname.lastname@example.org
North Korea - President: Mr Jin Choe Kwang - General Secretary: Mr Thae Kim Sung email@example.com
Norway - President: Mr Rune Gerhardsen - General Secretary: Mr Lasse Sætre firstname.lastname@example.org
Philippines - President: Mr Manuel Veguillas - General Secretary: Mr Benito Lim email@example.com
Poland - President: Mr Dagiel Zenon - General Secretary: Ms Ewa Kierzkowska firstname.lastname@example.org
Puerto Rico - President: Ms Lynette Spano - General Secretary: Vacant email@example.com
Romania - President: Mr Adrian George Ciobanu - General Secretary: Mr Ion Armenciu firstname.lastname@example.org
Russia - President: Mr Aleksander Gorshkov - General Director: Mr Valentin Piseev email@example.com
Serbia - President: Ms Vojislava Vasovic - General Secretary: Ms Vesna Rakovic firstname.lastname@example.org
Singapore - President: Ms Sonja Chong - General Secretary: Ms Alison Chan email@example.com
Slovakia - President: Mrs Felicitas Babušiková - General Secretary: Mrs Mária Zervanová firstname.lastname@example.org
Slovenia - President: Mrs Darja Gabrovsek Polajnar - Technical Secretary: Mrs Andreja Zelinka email@example.com
South Africa - President: Mr Vincenzo D'Aguanno - General Secretary: Mrs Deborah Rees firstname.lastname@example.org
South Korea - President: Mr Kim Jae-Youl - General Secretary: Mr Kim Kwan Kyu email@example.com
Spain - President: Mrs Maria-Teresa Samaranch - General Secretary: Mr Antonio Fdez. Arimany firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweden - President: Mrs Katarina Henriksson - General Secretary: Mrs. Malin Jarl email@example.com
Switzerland - President: Mr Roland Wehinger - General Secretary: Mrs Yvonne Zahnd firstname.lastname@example.org
Thailand - President: Ms Suwanna Silpa-Archa - General Secretary: Dr. Srihasak Arirachakaran email@example.com
Turkey - President: Mr Fahrettin Kandemir - General Secretary: Mrs BaŠŸak Derbent firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukraine - President: Mr Evgeniy Larin - General Secretary: Mrs Anastasiya Makarova email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Uzbekistan - President: Mr Bakhrom Ashrafkhanov - General Secretary: Mr Evgeniy Nujdin email@example.com