Sochi 2014: Skating governing body forced to comment on fixing rumours

Sochi 2014: International Skating Union issue statement after rumours of collusion between Russia and United States

By Sportsbeat
Controversial past: Salt Lake City judging scandal Photo: 3Axel1996/YouTube

The International Skating Union (ISU) have responded to allegations of collusion between American and Russian officials to fix the ice dancing competition at the Sochi Olympic Games.

The French newspaper L’Equipe, quoted an anonymous Russian coach alleging a deal had been reached for the Russians to secure both pairs and team events and the American ice dancing pair winning the gold.

The ISU does not react to rumors or allegations without evidence

International Skating Union

In an official statement the ISU said: “The ISU does not react to rumors or allegations without evidence.

“Based on credible and verifiable evidence, the ISU has always pursued cases of misconduct or other violations of the ISU Statues (rule 121/3 and rule 125 of the ISU general regulations and the code of ethics.”

U.S. Figure Skating have denied the rumors and said: “Comments made in a L’Equipe story are categorically false,there is no help between countries, we have no further response to rumors, anonymous sources or conjecture.”

International Olympic Committee communications director Mark Adams said he hadn’t read or seen anything worthy of investigation.

“If there is any (evidence), which I haven’t seen, and it is not my job to look into the evidence, obviously it should go to the skating federation,” added Briton Adams.

For all its grace, figure skating has been linked in the past to the darker side of sport.

At the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics French judge Marie-Reine Le Gougne was disgraced after confessing to corruption and collusion in fixing the result in the pairs competition.

In perhaps one of the most infamous events in sport let alone exclusively skating, on the eve of 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer the defending champion from the USA, Nancy Kerrigan, was attacked with a crowbar and struck on the knee.

The attack was orchestrated by arch rival and compatriot Tonya Harding who hired her ex-husband and a group of thugs to carry out the assault in aim to remove Kerrigan from the Olympics and clear Harding’s path to victory.

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