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International Skating Union (ISU) Signs Proclamation Announcing Support of Special Olympics

International Skating Union announces their unanimous support and affinity for Special Olympics and all its skaters.
Last week in Italy, leaders from the International Skating Union (ISU) took the time during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships to sign an agreement recognizing Special Olympics and the continued work of our athletes in skating sports.

“The ISU is pleased to sign the proclamation of support and affinity for Special Olympics” said the ISU President Mr. Jan Dijkema “we look forward to our future collaboration and to determining in more detail how we will mutually contribute to the promotion of Figure Skating and Speed Skating”.

Special Olympics hopes to work with national member federations of the International Skating Union in conjunction with our local programs to enhance the development of the sports of figure skating and speed skating. Special Olympics figure skating and speed skating competitions are based on ISU rules. This endorsement from the ISU comes in advance of the 2021 Special Olympics World Winter Games (site TBD).
From left to right: Mr Alexander Lakernik ISU Vice President Figure Skating, Mr. Fredi Schmid ISU Director General, ,Mr. Jan Dijkema ISU President, Dr. Mariusz Damentko Special Olympics Europe Eurasia Sports Director and Mr. Maurizio Romitii Special Olympics Italy Board Chairman.

About International Skating Union

The International Skating Union, founded in 1892, is the exclusive international sport federation recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) administering sports in the Branches of Figure Skating and Speed Skating throughout the world. (Long Track) Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating come under the Speed Skating Branch while Single & Pair Skating and Ice Dance and Synchronized Skating constitute the Figure Skating Branch. The ISU is composed of a number of national associations called ISU Members, who administer ISU sports at the national level and recognize that all international matters are under the sole jurisdiction and control of the ISU.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 5.3 million athletes and Unified partners in 169 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 108,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by many individuals, foundations and partners. To see a full list of partners click here. Engage with us on: Twitter@specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, Instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com.


Caroline Chevat
Special Olympics
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