April 14, 2014
Written by Chong-min Park, Translated by Chloe, Choi
Figure skating experts opened a petition for the president’s resignation of the International Skating Union (ISU) and it will make huge differences in figure skating. Timothy Wood and William Fauver, the veteran figure skaters, Tim Gerber, a figure skating technical experts, and a journalist Monica Friedlander submitted a petition for requesting the resignation of Ottavio Cinquanta from the presidency of ISU.
Timothy Wood was a silver medalist of the Grenoble Winter Olympics in 1968 and William Fauver was a consistent medalist from many competitions in 1980s. A figure skating technician, Tim Gerber, is the person who wrote a letter at ice insider about the biased judgment of lady’s even at the Sochi Winter Olympics. Monica Friedlander is a figure skating journalist with comprehensive knowledge in that field.
△ The movement for requesting the resignation of Ottavio Cinquanta from the presidency of ISU by figure skating experts is drawing people’s attentions (Picture= Gettyimages)
They strongly protested to let Ottavio Cinquanta go for the fairness in figure skating at CHANGE (https://www.change.org/petitions/ottavio-cinquanta-president-isu-requesting-the-resignation-of-ottavio-cinquanta-from-the-presidency-of-the-international-skating-union) which is the website for people to submit their opinion about a certain issue. The experts explained “Ottavio Cinquanta, a president of ISU, disappointed figure skating fans and made them leave this sport”
They also criticized that “His term is supposed to end in June, 2014. But he asked his term extended and got what he wanted. This is an unprecedented situation.”
They added that Mr. Cinquanta showed no appreciation for figure skating’s artistic side by quantifying the sports and dramatically reduced the sport’s popularity by applying the anonymous judging system to make more biased judgments possible.
They also raised their voice by saying that this anonymous judging system he brought made this sport more political than ever.
This movement never happened in any sports history considering that the experts are asking the president’s resignation. The petitions by figure skating fans already happened before, after the night of lady’s event at the Sochi Winter Olympics, but this time is different because figure skating experts are playing a key role in requesting the president’s resignation.
1,500 people participated in this petition movement now and it will be more.
This petition by figure skating experts might bring something in this field and the future career of Mr. Cinquanta known as the very person of the ‘Sochi Scandal’. This movement is making people impressed also because it is for the revitalization of fairness by reforming the system, ‘the president’s resignation’.
[이데일리 e뉴스 박종민 기자] 피겨 전문가들이 국제빙상경기연맹(ISU) 회장의 사퇴를 촉구하는 청원 운동을 시작해 피겨계 커다란 반향이 예상되고 있다.
'피겨 원로' 팀 우드와 빌 파우버, 피겨스케이팅 테크니컬 전문가 팀 거버, 기자인 모니카 프리들랜더는 최근 오타비오 친콴타 ISU 회장의 퇴임을 요구하는 청원 운동을 개시했다.
우드는 지난 1968년 프랑스의 그르노블 동계올림픽 은메달리스트이며 파우버는 1980년대 US 챔피언십 페어에서 꾸준히 메달권에 진입했던 선수다. 피겨 전문가 거버는 앞서 소치 동계올림픽 여자 피겨 편파 판정 의혹을 강하게 제기한 인물이다. 프리들랜더도 피겨 전문기자로 해박한 피겨 지식을 갖춘 것으로 평가되고 있다.