The International Skating Union (ISU) has proposed elevating the minimal age for senior determine skating competitions to 17 from 15 earlier than the 2026 Winter Olympics to assist younger athletes address the bodily and psychological calls for of the game.
Under proposals listed within the agenda for its 58th congress in Thailand subsequent month, the game’s governing physique mentioned it hoped to regularly improve the minimal age over the subsequent three years earlier than the Milano Cortina Games.
“It is conceivable that allowing underage athletes to compete may subject them to loads and risks that are thought to be inappropriate for their age,” the ISU’s medical fee wrote within the proposal.
“Not only physically, but in terms of the psychological and social development of the child. Junior athletes need to cope with multiple stressors on their pathways towards elite sport.”
The proposal comes after then 15-year-old Russian Kamila Valieva tumbled to fourth place within the girls’s singles occasion on the Beijing Winter Olympics this 12 months, yielding to the strain of a doping controversy.
The ISU medical council mentioned younger athletes had been uncovered to excessive physiological masses attributable to coaching and competitions.
“Ultimately, performance enhancements are normally the central concern for ambitious athletes, as athletes themselves and by others are continually evaluating their accomplishments,” the medical fee added.
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