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ISU studies new discipline for Beijing’s winter Olympics

The International Skating Union (ISU) has formed a working group to study the potential inclusion of a new discipline at the 2022 winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

The working group will be chaired by ISU Council member Marie Lundmark and will be tasked with analysing the claims of synchronised skating, a form of figure skating comprising groups of athletes competing in teams.

The ISU said in a statement: “The mandate of the Working Group is to investigate, strategise and gather the information required for synchronised skating to be accepted as an Olympic discipline. The information will be gathered with the aim to have synchronised skating accepted as a new discipline in the Olympic program Beijing 2022.”

The ISU currently organises senior and junior-level world championships in synchronised skating. The World Synchronised Skating Championships debuted in the US city of Minneapolis in 2000 and has been held on an annual basis ever since. The 2017 event also took place in the US, in Colorado Springs, from April 7-8.