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Figure skating body proposes age limit hike to 17 at Olympics, other eventsFigure skating's governing body has detailed a proposal to raise the athlete age limit to 17 at the Olympics and other international events.

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Medical commission cites concerns with ‘burnout, disordered eating’ with young teens

Graham Dunbar · The Associated Press(David Ramos/Getty Images/File)

Figure skating's governing body has detailed a proposal to raise the athlete age limit to 17 at the Olympics and other international events.

The proposal was expected even before 15-year-old Kamila Valieva's doping case dominated the women's event at the Beijing Olympics in February.

The International Skating Union wants the new age limit phased in before the 2026 Olympics in Italy and published a proposal to be voted on at its June 5-10 meetings in Thailand.

Though 15-year-olds could continue to compete next season, the limit is set to rise to 16 for the 2023-24 season. It would be 17 the year after, which is the last full season before the 2026 Winter Games in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

The ISU's medical commission cited concerns with "burnout, disordered eating, and long-term consequences of injury" with young teenage skaters pushed to perform more quadruple jumps.

The governing body "has a duty of care to protect the physical and psychological health and safety of all athletes including elite adolescent athlete(s)," the medical experts advise.

WATCH | Valieva places 4th in Olympic women's free skate:

15-year-old Kamila Valieva struggles in free skate, finishes 4th

3 months agoDuration 9:02The Russian figure skater fell twice in the final skate of her controversial performance at Beijing 2022.More figure skating coverage

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