Decisions of the ISU Disciplinary Commission

Sylvia

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(I didn't think this case should merit its own thread, but a general thread for miscellaneous Disciplinary Commission stuff is a very good idea. Thanks @Sylvia!)

So here we go...

An Estonian judge called Nikolai Salnikov got embarrassingly and disruptively drunk at JGP Egna in early October and has now received a 2 year ban from all ISU activities; see the Decision of ISU Disciplinary Commission

I noticed there's a former Estonian ice dancer – national champion in ice dance from 1971 to 1978, according to Wikipedia – with the same name. Anybody here who knows whether it's the same guy or his namesake?

Below are some select bits from the Disciplinary Commission's Final Decision, abridged & edited by me:

On Wednesday, Salnikov showed up on time to The Judges' draw and the Initial Judges Meeting but was completely drunk and not even able to confirm his presence during the roll call. At the very beginning of the Initial Judges Meeting, he fell asleep, almost laying on the judge sitting next to him who therefore had to move her chair away from him. At the end of the meeting, the was still so drunk that he was hardly able to get up from his chair, then fell and needed support to get to the bus bringing back the judges to the hotel.

On Thursday, he judged the Men's Short Program.

On Friday, he was at the restaurant at the ice rink and got so drunk that the owner of the restaurant contacted the Organizing Committee which in turn approached the appointed ISU Event Coordinator. Again, Salnikov was not able to go to the Shuttle Bus and the Organizing Committee had to organize a special car for getting him back to the hotel.

On Saturday, he judged the Men's Free Skating.
 
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The full decision re. the most recent violation of the ISU Anti-Doping Rules (involving the diuretic Torasemide) was published on October 8, 2019: https://www.isu.org/inside-isu/legal/disciplinary-decisions/22355-case-2019-03-isu-vs-koshevaia/file
Pair skater Alexandra KOSHEVAIA has been ruled ineligible to compete for two years, beginning on March 7, 2019 and ending on March 6, 2021. As a result, she and her partner, Dimitry Bushlanov, have been disqualified from the 2019 Winter Universiade and forfeited the bronze medal they won there (it's the only international listed in their ISU bio which has not yet been updated with this ruling): http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00105628.htm
There were only 4 pairs in the competition, which means the KAZ pair should be retroactively awarded the bronze medal: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00105966.htm

Ice dancer Anastasia Shakun's case was previously noted and discussed earlier this year in the Russian news thread here: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...ng-to-summer-2019.105365/page-21#post-5572062
 

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Well, at least we now know one thing that the ISU will suspend a judge for :rolleyes:
The 2017 Golden Spin ice dance judging mess got some attention around here. It involved a BLR official called Gorojdanov, who had earlier gotten suspended for 6 months for a violation of the duties of a referee (2016 Nepela). During the GS investigation he resigned and is no longer an ISU official. In the end, a Turkish judge called Ece Esen was given a 6 month suspension: https://www.isu.org/inside-isu/isu-...or-publication-isu-id-vs-esen-05-02-2018/file

For further reading, Hersh article about the Golden Spin investigation:

Handy recap about the whole saga:

Jackie's tweet about the short suspension:

A couple of old FSU threads I found:

https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...reportedly-under-investigation-by-isu.102690/

https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/threads/golden-spin-judge-gets-6-month-suspension.103402/
 

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@nimi that's sort of what I was snarking at. Two years suspension for being drunk (and presumably judging while drunk, or at least while being severely hung over), but only six months suspension for cheating by entering pre-determined marks.

They both should have been suspended, but IMO pre-planned cheating is a much more serious offense than being drunk and judging at a competition.
 

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Handy recap about the whole saga:

“During the first warm-up group, I observed that Judge #7, Ms. Ece Esen (TUR), had a folder underneath her personal judging papers on the stand….. The contents of her folder included her personal judging papers and the Judges Details per Skater from the Senior Short Dance as well as a print out of the Senior Dance event competitors 3 (including substitutes). On this list of event competitors, there is what appears to be preprepared PC marks as well as placements for teams from 1 to 10, with a 3rd place listed for the team from Turkey."

:D

I wish they invited those observers to the upcoming Russian Nationals... At the last Russian Cup Finals people did not even bother to clean out the garbage baskets under the judges' desks....
 

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ISU Judge Ms. Salome Chigogidze (Georgia) suspended for one year for national bias in her marks for Morisi Kvitelashvili at 2020 World Championships. She already got letter of warning for her marks at 2020 European Figure Skating Championships and 2020 Youth Olympic Games.

Reading it now. I know this could be a case of a judge facing very selective enforcement of the national bias rule, but I am sure this judges' marks had to be supremely egregious since figure skating is rife with judges being biased in their scoring. Look at ice dance! Sharon Rogers anyone? I don't even blame Rogers that much because all the judges play games with ice dance judging.
 

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Reading it now. I know this could be a case of a judge facing very selective enforcement of the national bias rule, but I am sure this judges' marks had to be supremely egregious since figure skating is rife with judges being biased in their scoring. Look at ice dance! Sharon Rogers anyone? I don't even blame Rogers that much because all the judges play games with ice dance judging.
Ice Dance Technical Committee attempted to bring forward a national bias case last year (Michela Cesaro for marks to Portesi Peroni/Chrasteck at 2020 Junior World Championships) but they lost the case. That was an interesting reading because the judgment included the marks of the referee (Hilary Selby) and the marks the Technical Committee would have given to the couples involved (Portesi Peroni/Chrasteck and Terreaux /Perron). IIRC almost the whole panel was off the PCS range of the TC.
 
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