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Piseev and the Eastern Bloc
Is there still an "Eastern Bloc?"
Alexandra Stevenson, writing in Blades on Ice, makes the point that at the recent ISU Congress, the New Judging System (CoP) passed by a vote of 43 to 54. A proposed amendment by the USA to identify individual judges received a majority (30 to 16) but fell three votes shy of the two-thirds needed to pass.
A counterproposal put forward by Russia, to retain a version of the old 6.0 system while the CoP underwent more testing, garnered only three votes: Russia, Kazakhstan and Israel. Stevenson editorializes:
"What a snub this was for Valentin Pissev, the long time head of the Soviet Federation....Russia (remains) one of the most powerful nations in the sport. However, Piseev, obviously, no longer commands the clout he once held over the former Soviet countries."
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
I think she's jumping to conclusions. With the way that Speedy was pushing COP forward, steamrolling really, Pissev's last minute effort to retain 6.0 was dead before it even began. Keeping judging anonymous does however help any "bloc", Eastern or otherwise, so a much greater battle was won. COP produced very few surpise winners last season. Letting a host federation keep an outdated system would be a PR disaster for the ISU who is desperate to put spin on the SLC scandal. The initiative was doomed to fail from the get go.
Well, that looks to me like Piseev won one and lost one. He managed to protect the identity of the judges even though the majority wanted to get rid of secrrecy.
(I've never understood that the punishment of the French as the sole collaborators in the SLC scandal and Piseev and the Russian dance judge were not penalized. It takes at least two components to collaborate on a scheme.).
I think we are quite aware of the hesitancy of the Russian Federation to accept the CoP.. I think by the Olys, all Nationals will be by CoP. IMO, he won big on keeping the secrecy but the Cop is not that earth shattering..