Athletes Commission

Further to the decision of the 56th ISU Ordinary Congress 2016 in Dubrovnik (CRO) to introduce an ISU Athletes Commission and following the election of ISU Office Holders during the 57th ISU Ordinary Congress 2018 in Seville (ESP), the elections for the ISU Athletes Commission took place during the ISU World Championships of each discipline in 2019.

The ISU Athletes Commission, is composed of:

  • Chair & Speed Skating Athlete: Douwe De Vries (NED) 
  • Vice Chair & Single and Pair Skating Athlete: Eric Radford (CAN)
  • Ice Dance Athlete: Yuri Hulitski (BLR)
  • Synchronized Skating Athlete: Ida Hellström (FIN)
  • Short Track Speed Skating Athlete: Zhou Yang (CHN)

isu athlete commission 2021

left to right: E. Radford, I. Hellström, D. de Vries, Y. Zhou, Y. Hulitski

These nominated athletes will be automatically elected to the Athletes Commission for the term lasting from the respective 2019 ISU World Championships to the respective 2023 ISU World Championships.


About the ISU Athletes Commission

The functions of the Athletes Commission are to:

- Learn about the Skaters’ opinions and ideas in order to represent their views within the ISU for topics including but not limited to rules and regulations, events, calendar, promotion and marketing of the sport, health and welfare, anti-doping, career preparation, education and life skills. Inform and update Skaters on different activities and developments and raise awareness and educate them on topics of direct concern.

- Represent the rights and interests of Skaters and to make related recommendations, for example the appointment of arbitrators by the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS).

- Support the ISU in its mission to develop and promote the sport. Consider issues related to Skaters and provide advice to the ISU Council, Technical Committees, Sports Technical Directors, Director General and other internal bodies as appropriate.

- Engage actively with initiatives and projects that protect and support clean athletes on and off the field of play.

- Serve as ambassadors to increase popularity of Skating and inspire youth.

- Encourage and assist National Federations and athletes to establish their own National Athletes’ Commission.

- Maintain contact with the Athletes’ Commission of the IOC.


Athletes Commission elections 2022 

For further information please refer to the ISU Constitution, Articles 21 and 36 and ISU Communication No. 2427.

The next Athletes Commission elections will be held in 2022. Deadline to submit nominations is January 1, 2022

You can contact the Athletes Commission via the Contact Us page (select Athletes Commission from the dropdown).

Full details can be found in ISU Communication No. 2427 and the Nomination Form is available on the ISU Extranet (contact ISU Secretariat to obtain the password).


pdf ISU Communication 2427