MINSK, 6 June (BelTA) – The 58th Congress of the International Skating Union (ISU) kicked off in Phuket, Thailand on 6 June. The union comprises 79 national federations, BelTA has learned.
The delegation of the Belarusian Skating Union is led by its chairperson Yulia Komleva. Prior to the start of the congress, its participants rejected Ukraine's proposal to exclude representatives of Belarus and Russia from its work. The congress will consider about 250 issues related to the ISU activity. Among them is to increase the minimum age limit in figure skating up to 17 years old. Now athletes who are 15 years old at the start of the season are allowed to participate in the World Championships and the Olympic Games.
In addition, there will be elections for various leadership positions, including president. The International Skating Union is currently led by Jan Dijkema of the Netherlands, who has been president since 2016. The congress will run through 10 June.
The International Skating Union is one of the oldest organizations. It was founded in 1892 and now unites speed skating, short track and figure skating. Belarus joined the ISU in 1992.