I wasn't sure where to put this, as it's also relevant to skating, but I figured other sports. We have a top female golfer retiring to pursue a family, while we have one of Germany's top riders (who is sponsored by Rolex herself) getting primary benefit from a ruling by the FEI that allows her to maintain her rank (dropping other riders who've competed in her absence) and half of her points despite not having competed in a year. There are a LOT of people upset about the FEI ruling, as it has a negative effect on the riders who are now ranked below her, and their ability to compete in the World Equestrian Games. It's come up a lot asking if there are ANY other sports where someone can take maternity leave, not compete, and come back with the ranking the same as if they'd never left.
So are there? Is it right? Should female skaters keep their ISU rankings if they're pregnant and can't skate for a year? Is that fair to other competitors not on leave? Should something similar be available to competitors who are ill or injured and out for an extended period? (Riding does have one area that most other sports don't, in that women are competing directly against men.)