Kamila Valieva

The FFKKR CEO said he expects a “crowd” and tougher competition at the junior level due to an increase in the age limit in figure skating

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Kamila Valieva

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Raising the age limit in figure skating will lead to tougher competition among juniors, which will negatively affect their mental health, said Alexander Kogan, Director General of the Russian Figure Skating Federation (FFKKR). His words lead “RIA News”.

“This will further increase the pressure on the mental health of children – juniors will have tougher competition, as there will be more of them. They will crowd on their level. And now we need to think about how to add competitions to those age layers, otherwise there will really be a crowd of children, ”Kogan said.

According to Kogan, in the issue of the health of the skaters, on which the ISU emphasized when raising the age limit, “it all depends on the training methodology and the qualifications of the coach.”

“In our country, coaches receive special education, study physiology, anatomy, the theory of sports training as such, it is one of the most important in the world,” said the federation general director.

At the same time, Sergey Sviridov, a member of the FFKKR executive committee, criticized the report of the ISU medical commission, which supported the proposal to increase the age for adult competitions.

“Most of all, I was surprised by the attached study of the supposedly medical commission – pulled quotes from various sources. I’ll go to a search engine and find dozens of them. Serious research should have been carried out on statistics, on specific examples from figure skating, ”said Sviridov.

On June 7, the ISU Congress supported a phased increase in the age limit for participation in adult competitions from 15 to 17 years old for the 2024/25 season.

In Russia, the initiative to increase the age was associated with the success of the figure skaters coach Eteri Tutberidze, three of whom – Yulia Lipnitskaya, Alina Zagitova and Kamila Valieva – became Olympic champions at the age of 15. This, in particular, was stated by the President of the Center for Sports and Education “Sambo-70” Renat Laishev and Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin.

Some coaches and skaters, including Evgeni Plushenko, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Alena Kostornaya, supported the changes.

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