Yet another scathing article on the ISU.
If the ISU had saved all the money it spent on the new judging system and instead directed it toward educating judges and suspending corrupt or incompetent judges, the complex new system would have been unnecessary, some said.
"People [in the ISU] weren't prepared to do that," one judge said. "It wasn't going to be supported, because [ISU president Ottavio] Cinquanta wanted a big splash."
Last November, French coach Muriel Zazoui discovered that a result cannot be changed even if technical controllers or specialists incorrectly assess an element or assign it the wrong level of difficulty. According to Canadian Ted Barton, who helped develop the new system, the assessment is a field-of-play call and sports arbitrators do not interfere with decisions made during a sporting event.Sounds like the ISU is covering its tracks... :sheesh:On Jan. 21, in a statement released three days before the European championships, the ISU took the idea a step further and said it will not allow an appeal of incorrect levels of difficulty.
Mistakes are bad enough, but the ISU's new system leaves an opening for corrupt officials to make whatever assessment they wish, and get away with it. They can decide what they like and no questions are allowed.
An ISU committee may decide later if the controller failed to do the job properly, but the damage would be done. Skaters could suffer, especially when an Olympic gold medal is on the line.