Requesting the resignation of Ottavio Cinquanta

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by calica, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

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    You'd have to ask them. They probably find the Sochi example to be the most glaring - and it is also the most recent.
     
  2. overedge

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    For anyone who needs a reminder, here is Ms. Friedlander's (anonymous) post on FSU promoting the Denis Ten position:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...t-prop-it-up&p=3891880&viewfull=1#post3891880

    Followed by her hissy fit when she was called out on her conflict of interest:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/sho...t-prop-it-up&p=3893132&viewfull=1#post3893132


    And here is one of the "news" articles she wrote about the Denis Ten petition, again omitting any mention that she was the one who started the petition:
    http://www.examiner.com/article/petition-protesting-skating-results-sent-to-top-officials

    Her lack of understanding of journalistic objectivity is just one reason why this petition is not worth signing. FWIW, I would not be surprised that, after the Denis Ten petition, if the current petition ever gets to the ISU, her name on it alone might ensure that it goes straight to the circular file. Especially if the ISU knows that the text of the petition was changed *after* people had signed it.
     
  3. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Well-Known Member

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    Her contributions were very entertaining to us all.

    You are so right about her hack journalism. Why would anyone take her seriously.
     
  4. hanca

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    Because she is giving us (false) hope that Speedy may 'be stepped down'. I am willing to believe that Father Christmas exist, if there is any chance that he will manage to demote Speedy.
     
  5. alilou

    alilou Crazy Stalker Lady

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  6. Rae35

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    The petition is now being circulated amongst international coaches.
     
  7. N_Halifax

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    Good! I think that's fantastic. I applaud Monica for taking a stand and DOING something constructive about what she passionately believes in. Thousands of signatures, including Mr. Dick Button himself. Good on her! I'm glad to see this issue staying in the forefront where it belongs.
     
  8. hanca

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    I agree with applauding Monica for taking a stand and DOING something constructive about what she passionately believes in; however, it still doesn't change the fact that she is trying to achieve it through dishonest means. Changing the content of the petition AFTER people have signed it is dishonest.
     
  9. N_Halifax

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    I don't know. To me it's one of those situations where people complain all winter its too cold and then when the seasons change and the summer comes, the weather's too hot. In reading through about a dozen people's opinions here, there seems to be a stance that if the petition has anything to do with Yuna or Carolina winning in Sochi.... or anything to do with Sochi for that matter, I am not supporting it. And you know what, that's certainly everyone's pregorative. We live in a "democracy". I personally feel that the end result is doing something constructive to help the cause of ousting Cinquanta, then I am DEFINITELY getting on that train. I just don't think trashing the person who's honestly just clearly trying to do something constructive has any rhyme or reason to it. If the petitions (yes, plural) shake the tree until an ISU president falls out and the status quo of skating changes, then quite frankly, why sweat the small stuff?
     
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  10. hanca

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    Well, maybe the honest way would be to write a petition that doesn't take cheap shot at ANY SKATER and then just post it and DON'T CHANGE IT! That's pretty simple thing to do, and it would be the honest way. Is she going to contact all those people who signed it before she changed it, and ask them whether they are happy with the changes or whether they want to withdraw their signature?
     
  11. cruisin

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    I don't think the petition addresses enough. I think most of the judges need to go, as well. Figure Skating needs to clean house. It is destroying itself. I agree, specific skaters should not have been mentioned. However, the petition is a start.
     
  12. hanca

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    It is a start but it doesn't change the fact that some signatures have been obtained dishonestly, because what the people signed is not what is there. So arguing that judging is corrupt and at the same time obtaining signatures through deceiving people, that's like criticizing something while doing something similar. Would you be happy if you gave someone a signed cheque and after you signed it, someone altering it without asking you?
     
  13. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    It's not the same situation as winter/summer seasonal changes. This is a deliberate attempt to satisfy a certain group of people that did not like the FS competition results in Sochi, and then to satisfy those who objected to use Sochi as an example.

    Changing content of a petititon after getting some signature is deception, pure and simple.
    The cheap shots at skaters are not commendable either. Just because someone takes an action does not make these things justifiable.

    Cinquanta needs to go but not because of Sochi results. He had done plenty of damage long before Sochi, and the results in Sochi were no different from any country getting a home field advantage.
     
  14. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Not sure how it is dishonest.
     
  15. overedge

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    It's dishonest because people signed to support what was expressed in the text of the petition. If the text of the petition is changed, the people who have already signed might not agree with the changes, and not want to support the new version of the petition. But their names are still on it.

    It's even more dishonest to change the text of the petition without notifying the signers whose names are already on it, which appears to be what happened here.

    If the people who started the petition got negative feedback about the petition's text, the honest and ethical way to deal with it is to cancel the original petition, put up a new petition with the revised text, and send out a notification asking people to sign the new version.
     
  16. hanca

    hanca Well-Known Member

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    Come on! Seriously?

    ^ This!
     
  17. Visaliakid

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    Information Update: Cinquanta’s Radical Proposals: Why No Public Statement From U.S. Figure Skating?

    Thanks to information provided to Mr. Ron Pfenning we have indirectly learned of preparations in the works for what will likely take place at the June ISU Conference.

    What is important is the outline of possible proposed topics to be discussed in a pre-planning meeting several weeks ahead of the actual Congress. The pre-planning session is part of the normal procedures called for under ISU Governance Rules. The possible topics seem to be addressing the floundering state of the ISU, how members make and vote on decisions affecting the sports the body governs. This information provides much more information on preparations for the upcoming Congress than U.S. Figure Skating would have provided, which is likely none. Read and comment here or on social media. Thanks again Mr. Pfenning for sharing.

    I was just forwarded the following letter from a skating friend in Europe. Very interesting and I thought you might like to know what is going on. – Ron Pfenning



    10 April 2014

    Dear Fellow ISU Member:

    Per ISU Communication 1854, and along with ISU Member colleagues Tatsuro Matsumura of Japan and Sergey Sviridov of Russia, we are pleased to provide you with the following information regarding the “Forum” to be held on the first day (Monday, June 9, 2014) of the 55th ISU Congress in Dublin, Ireland.

    We are helping to organize the presentations and content of the Forum, and we are sending this email to request, if you so choose, your assistance and participation. We also are organizing a pre-Forum meeting on May 16 that all ISU Members are invited to attend.

    Per ISU Constitution Article 29, Paragraph 6, “Forum on topics” – The Forum at the Congress with no elections shall present topics of interest concerning the ISU sports, including ISU strategy and possible Rule changes for the next Congress. The Forum on topics proposed and prepared by the Members, the Council and other ISU Office Holders shall be held at the Congress every 4th year. The final program for each Forum shall be published with the Congress Agenda and shall not be subject to modification as an Urgent Matter or at the Congress of the current Forum. The Forum has no right to adopt binding decisions. Its role is to advise and assist the Council in performing its tasks as the highest body between the Congresses.

    We recently met with Council member Mrs. Marie Lundmark, who along with Council member Mr. Roland Maillard, will be moderators for the Forum. Per ISU Communication 1854, the Council has agreed upon the following topics for the Forum:

    1. The on-going activities of the ISU Sport disciplines
    - develop and improve the participation of the ISU Members and their Skaters, Officials etc. in the ISU activities;

    - improve the interest for the ISU Sports and their attractiveness for spectators, sponsors and media.

    2. ISU Elections 2016/2018

    Discussion of possible steps to find the right persons (candidates) for the right tasks (positions) within the ISU Bodies
    - develop a strategy and procedure;
    - logistical way of presentation;
    - learning by doing.

    The three of us have been selected by the Council to present generally the opinions (both Figure and Speed) for Asia/Oceania, Europe and the Americas. We fully recognize the need for assistance in providing different viewpoints and opinions. Therefore, we are asking for input from each ISU Member to help us present additional viewpoints and opinions, and ask that you send to my attention (draith@usfigureskating.org), no later than April 30, your views and suggestions on topics or themes that you believe should be discussed, or that you would like to also speak about at the Forum. Of course, there will be open discussion during the Forum, but your early input will help us ensure your topics or views are expressed. We will compile all input received by April 30 into our pre-planning for the Forum.

    On Friday, May 16, we are organizing a pre-Forum planning meeting from 10:30am – 4:30pm at the Hilton Rome Airport hotel at the Leonardo da Vinci International Airport (hotel is connected to the airport.) The purpose of this meeting is to finalize the general topics for presentation and discussion at the Forum. All ISU Members are invited and welcome to attend. In-person participation at this meeting is voluntary and would be at the expense of the individual or Member (a special room rate will be available; hotel contact information will be sent next week; video conferencing and a call-in audio connection are also being investigated.)

    For those who would like to attend this meeting, either in person or remotely via video or audio, we would appreciate your confirmation in advance to help us with planning. Please send your confirmation or any questions you may have to draith@usfigureskating.org.

    We thank you in advance for your support to help make the “Forum” a success at the Congress, and we look forward to a productive and constructive pre-planning meeting on May 16.

    With Best Regards,

    David Raith (USA),
    in coordination with Tatsuro Matsumura (JPN) and Sergey Sviridov (RUS)
     
  18. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Really? Do you need to respond that way? I read the petition today. Has it changed? If it has, I am unaware of it. If it does change, I would hope that they would remove the signatures and start afresh. But, I am not aware of any decision to change anything. if i have missed something, please show me. And please be respectful. I am being genuine with you. FTR, I have not read this entire thread.
     
  19. Skittl1321

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    The petition has changed since it was originally published. It originally called out Adelina Sotnikov's results specifically as an example of corrupt judging. There was a personal attack on her skating "Junior level artistry" and something negative about her jumps (I don't recall the phrasing). It then said something about Kostner and Kim skating flawlessly. This has since been removed. Other things may have been removed, but I did not save the original text.

    If you read the comments from the beginning, many people mention her in their comments, which would lead you to believe her inclusion was part of the reason they signed (and the reason I did not sign).

    No matter how small of a change, it is dishonest to change a petition after people have signed. If I signed now, I cannot trust that the author would not edit it and this time add something rather than remove something. Who knows what my name would be affixed to?
     
  20. cruisin

    cruisin Well-Known Member

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    Thank you Skittl1321, I appreciate the explanation. I never saw the original. The way it reads now is more vague. I did sign it. Possibly prematurely. Had I realized that changes were made, i might not have. I did not, however, contribute money to the cause.
     
  21. clairecloutier

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    Thanks for sharing this information and for all your hard work on this issue! It's reassuring to know the USFSA leadership is at least actually preparing for the June ISU Congress beforehand and attempting to coordinate with other federations in advance. I still would like a public statement about where they stand on the short program issue and what they intend to do about it. But at least this tells us they're doing something.

    TBH, things had reached the point that I feared the U.S. and other federation representatives might walk into the Congress in June with their brains on hold and rubber stamps in hand, ready to sign anything Cinquanta presented.
     
  22. overedge

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    But what is the USFSA organizing this forum *for*? Is it to prepare responses in opposition to $peedy's proposals, or is it to plan how to quell any dissent at the Congress?
     
  23. overedge

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    It's doing something, yes, but it's not constructive. I want to get rid of $peedy too, but the petition is badly written, its reasoning is unclear, and it blames him for things he has no control over. There are many, many specific things $peedy has done that more than justify calling for his resignation, but they are not clearly stated in this petition. And unfortunately those problems will give the ISU all the reasons it needs to ignore the petition when it's submitted.

    It's not "small stuff" to be unethical and dishonest, and she has now demonstrated that with her work around two different petitions. If $peedy gets turfed and the sport of skating changes, IMHO it will be in spite of anything she's done, not because of anything she's done.
     
  24. hanca

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    I responded that way because the previous posts before you posted discuss that if someone posts a petition and AFTER people signs it, it is dishonest. And then your post said that you are not sure how it is dishonest. I would obviously assume that if you respond to posts on the forum, that you would read the previous posts, and therefore I could not see why changing petition after people signed it is not dishonest for you.
     
  25. alilou

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  27. smarts1

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    Is that really Dick or someone pretending to be him?...
     
  28. smarts1

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    I feel like that petition is lacking something though. It just isn't forceful enough. Speedy has made other questionable decisions and said questionable things about this sport and those should also be included. This one isn't comprehensive enough.
     
  29. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to Nationals!

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    Button's verified Twitter account (@PushDicksButton) posted this message the other day:
     
  30. Visaliakid

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    As if those rediculous proposals aren't reasoned enough, stupid enough and dangerous enough for the future of the sport. I wasn't going to laden the petition with all his past idiodic deeds to try and satisfy every possible demand from possible signatories. This is not about the need to satisfy every potential signer, it is about those who do sign sending a message to their respective NGB's that skating fans are FED UP WITH OTTAVIO CINQUANTA. I started the petition with the goal to spread the unhappiness about Cinquanta to Skating Officialdom. I know full well Speedy doesn't give a shit about us. So sign if you want or don't sign for whatever damn reason/excuse/agenda you have. I could care less.

    With that out of the way, I will back up Sylvia's confirmation that Dick Button not only supports both petitions, he has signed Bill Feuvers sponsored petition calling for Speedy's resignation. So those here who doubt that can rest be assured his signature is indeed on that document.

    I am trying to stir up the skating community base in the U.S. from the Club level up to take this fight to the USFS Governing Council in a couple weeks and get the delegates to bring up the topic of the petitions and make the elected officials and Board of Directors to acknowledge our disgust with Skating's Leadership and even get them to recognize the need to deal with Cinquanta and these foolish proposals.

    Bill Fauver has posted with challenges to former and current Olympic and World Team figure skaters to get behind not just the petitions but a general effort to spread the word on the need for NGB's to deal with Speedy. Today he challenged the PSA and USFSA Board Members as well. Here is what he wrote:

    "Do they see the issues with Mr. Cinquanta? Are they bold enough to step out and sign the petition, and then do more to make create change? Clearly (20) years of Mr. Cinquanta's leadership has taken us far away from success and close to oblivion. I would think as a PSA or USFSA Board Member it is crucial to have a clear view of figure skating and the challenges facing our sport and to be able to articulate action rather than responding, "It can't be done that way, that is not how the ISU works, it is political". We are so far past the time for that "political response" that it is insulting to hear it. Be Bold Board Members, and then back it up with action."

    Finally, anyone with a brain knows that the latest disastrous proposals from the Speed Skater are born from the critically troubled financial state that faces the ISU. The past policies that members refused to block have contributed to the critical state of skating's financial condition and public affairs nightmare that has reduced the sport's popularity to near death. Though many helped bring the sport to it's knees, it has been Cinquanta's incompetence as a business leader, his corruptible and unaccountable lack of ethics in managing skating's international governing body and his use of threats, blackballing and intimidation that is inexcusable. These alone are reason enough for NGB delegates to the June ISU Congress to seek his resignation. I have no illusions this will happen, but at least I am not just sitting around on my ass complaining. I am trying to do my small part to make something, anything positive happen for the future of the sport I love so much. - Peter Murray
     
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