To help young skaters deal with the physical and psychological demands of the sport, the International Skating Union (ISU) has suggested raising the minimum age for senior figure skating events from 15 to 17 before the 2026 Winter Olympics.
The sport's governing organisation stated it planned to gradually raise the minimum age over the following three years before the Milano Cortina Games under recommendations listed in the agenda for its 58th congress, which will be held in Thailand next month.
Athletes in collegiate competition must manage a variety of pressures as they progress to the professional level.
Young athletes are subjected to severe physiological loads as a result of training and competitions, according to the ISU medical council.
Since athletes constantly evaluate their achievements both internally and externally, performance improvements are typically the main focus for ambitious athletes, the medical commission continued.
In preparation for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy, the minimum skating age will rise from 16 to 17 years old beginning with the 2023–24 season.
The International Skating Union wants to make the competition's minimum age 17 years old.
Eric Radford, a member of the ISU Athletes Commission, claimed that the majority of skaters supported the modification.