That having been said, if the draw is truly "random," it is amazing how often the most powerful federations get lucky.I believe that the ISU pays the judges a nominal expense allowance, but the judges are volunteers who do not get a "salary" or anything like that.Originally Posted by MerrybariThere are about 70 member federations in the ISU. I am not sure how many have qualified judges, but a lot do. So it is not possible for every federation to have a judge on the 12-judge panel.Every federation should always be represented on the judging panel, but I know that sometimes is not the case.There is quite a lot of strong feeling about that. I believe that Mr. Cinquanta would like nothing better than to take the judging power out of the federations' hands and put it in his own. This is what was behind the decision to make the technical specialists chosen directly by the ISU and not the member federations. At competitions, every year the tech specialist gets more power and the judges less.Another thought - have the judges be independent of/from the federations.
The reason that Cinquanta can't move too quickly in this direction is that the ISU is an association of national federations. The federations vote Cinquqanta into his position and can fire him if they don't like what he is doing. So he can't assert the central authority of the ISU administration over the federations too vigorously.
OT -- By the way, there is a rumor going around the boards that Cinquanta will be voted off the International Olympic Committee in August and replaced by the head of the world hockey association.