What's buzzing:

ISU rejects proposals to amend age limits

The Associated Press

DUBLIN (AP) -- The International Skating Union gave Ottavio Cinquanta two more years as president, and effectively told him to step down in 2016.

Cinquanta's term was supposed to end this month, and the 75-year-old Italian reached the maximum age limit.

But the ISU Congress in Dublin compromised to appease him by moving the quadrennial elections from 2014 to 2016 at his recommendation, but rejected proposals to change or remove the age limits of its office holders.

Cinquanta has been head of the ISU for 20 years.

The congress also rejected a proposal to remove judges' anonymity in single, pair skating and ice dance.

Scoring and the judging system have been criticized as being complicated and open to corruption - an issue which came into the spotlight when Russia's Adelina Sotnikova won at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The teenager's victory sparked a furor when she beat defending champion Yuna Kim, after which calls for an inquiry into the result were backed by a petition with more than two million signatures.

Among reforms approved in speedskating, mass starts will be included at the 2018 Winter Olympics, subject to IOC approval, while the 500 meters for men and women at the games will be held over one race only.

The world sprint speedskating championships will have a fixed number of participants, 32 men and 32 women.

In short track, qualification for the Winter Olympics will be held over four World Cups instead of two.

Also, the ISU rules were amended in case the IOC accepts synchronized skating into the Olympics.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • AP source: Broncos' C.J. Anderson undergoing surgery

      AP source: Broncos' C.J. Anderson undergoing surgery

      A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Broncos running back C.J. Anderson will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Thursday and that the extent of the damage will determine how long he's out. The person … More »

      AP - Sports - 10 minutes ago
    • The Latest: Jury has ex-Penn St. assistant defamation suit

      A former Penn State assistant football coach's defamation case against the university is in the hands of jurors. Both sides in the defamation and whistleblower lawsuit filed by Mike McQueary made closing arguments earlier Thursday. McQueary claims … More »

      AP - Sports - 12 minutes ago
    • Raiders-Buccaneers Capsule

      OAKLAND (5-2) at TAMPA BAY (3-3) … More »

      AP - Sports - 19 minutes ago
    • Verstappen threatens to cut the radio chat

      Verstappen threatens to cut the radio chat

      By Alan Baldwin MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Red Bull's Max Verstappen has threatened a radio blackout after causing a stir with his comments during last weekend's U.S. Grand Prix. The comment drew criticism from Red Bull consultant Helmut Marko, who … More »

      Reuters - 19 minutes ago
    • Ducks give holdout Lindholm 6-year deal

      Ducks give holdout Lindholm 6-year deal

      The Anaheim Ducks signed holdout Hampus Lindholm to a six-year, $31.5 million contract through the 2021-22 season on Thursday, ending a stalemate with their talented Swedish defenseman. The 22-year-old Lindholm scored 92 points in 236 games over … More »

      AP - Sports - 24 minutes ago