Well I was advised it would be happening, but I was really dissapointed it did not happen prior to these championships.
THE REMOVAL & BANNING OF CHEAT EVOKING EARPIECES
If any one needed assurance that these are a blight on our sport & an infringment on skaters rights, it was very plain & visible & has been to me for a long time.
1/ Coaches instucting skaters to take others out.
2/ Move left or move right to block them or run them into a wall or barrier.
3/ Grab them or slow & block in the corner.
And so the cheating goes on, you are not only racing 2 skaters, but a third cheat in the stand , or tree, or wherever they decide to carry out their antics.
Skating should have appeal , as a smart skilled thinking sport, with suprise attacks & breakaways, not a whole bunch of ” EARPIECE ROBOTS”, performing to a ringmasters call like circus animals.
ITS THE FUTURE THATS ALARMING.
I have been witnessing children as young as 8 years of age being abused with earpieces, basically being screamed at all the time & outright CHILD ABUSE, this beautifull sport was not created for this to happen, so best for all they are outed fullstop.
The coaches can show a board for the points race, as it was the only legitimate use.
AGE CHANGE FOR JUNIOR WORLDS
The minimum age for Junior Worlds will be 15 years with the maximum age 19 years, to bring it more inline with other sports & the pressure placed placed on the younger skaters today, I coached the youngest ever World senior Champion at 14 years of age Lee Hollis from Wollongong Australia, in 1981 there were no Junior Worlds, or Lee would have won a Truckload of titles. But I do agree with this change, as we have gone from about 15 countries to 50 countries, before we had trouble getting numbers, so it was over 13 years minimum.
STAND ALONE MARATHON EVENT.
Plenty of Fors & Against out there, but the Worlds drags on & the extra day break between the marathon makes it tough & really hard on the worn out Athletes.
A big event & for Masters also, I do not have a problem with, as long as its not a Micky mouse affair like some of the past ones, being given a rainbow Jersey in cheat fests, dragged along by other age groups, its not hearsay, I have witnessed it first hand myself.
Could be great, but T need crossed & i s Dotted & lets see what can happen.
Official announcement should follow very soon.