Winter Olympics: Skating Union Raises Minimum Age

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    The Facts

    • On Tues., the International Skating Union (ISU) raised the age limit for senior figure skating competitions from 15 to 17 in a 110 - 16 vote.

    • The move stems from a report by the ISU Medical Commission that addresses the physical and psychological concerns related to young elite skaters, stating the ISU has a "duty of care" to protect the health and safety of its athletes.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Although it's clear something must change, raising the minimum age of senior competitors won't protect elite athletes from physical and psychological damage. In fact, it will only harm those in their peak who won't be able to compete.

    Narrative B

    Teenagers participating in senior competitions is a troublesome issue. Junior athletes are often exploited physically and aren't mature enough to cope with the pressure of being elite athletes. The ISU's decision will promote longevity in the sport and the welfare of athletes.

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