<strong>Delegates may have thought their votes
authorized study, not implementation</strong>
<blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>Transcripts obtained by The Globe and Mail show that delegates attending an ISU congress last June in Kyoto, Japan, may have believed they were voting only to approve a project to examine the possibilities of a new judging system and that there would be a vote on the proposal at the next congress, in 2004.
But they were taken aback when they found out just before Christmas that Cinquanta's project had become rule 121 in the ISU's revamped general regulations.
"This man is determined to push this forward, no matter what," said Donald McKnight, the head of the Australian Figure Skating Federation.
A transcript of the discussion about the proposed system obtained by The Globe shows Cinquanta repeatedly saying that his judging system proposal is only a project, not a rule.
The transcript shows that when McKnight tried to pose one of several questions, Cinquanta responded: "Excuse me, Mr. McKnight. No, now otherwise we never finish. We have other matters."
Persistent McKnight then asked, "If we vote in support of this proposal, are we voting in support of the proposal as written [with subparagraphs that gave various authorities to the council] or are we voting in support of the general proposal to investigate a much more detailed and comprehensive judging system?"
Cinquanta's reply was: "No. No. No. You are not voting for the proposal, word by word. You are voting in favour of the concept. . . . This I said many times. This is not a rule. Is a project. Is an itinerary. Nothing else. I do not know what you are thinking about."
The transcript shows that Phyllis Howard, the president of the U.S. Figure Skating Association, also requested clarification on what the congress delegates were voting on. Cinquanta asked whether anyone else had questions.
Sally Stapleford, who was the chairwoman of skating's technical committee at the time, told Cinquanta that her committee supported change and improvement of the sport and that his project would be "very beneficial to look into."
But she said many shared the concerns of Howard, "that if we are voting on this, are we voting for all the paragraphs?" There is one paragraph that gives various authorizations to the council.
"We definitely want research into this project," Stapleford said. ". . . But we don't necessarily agree with all the subparagraphs and explanations that are laid down on this paper."