ISU excludes six officials for breakaway attempt

Updated: March 24, 2005, 2:01 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Six former judges and officials of the International Skating Union have been banned by the organization for trying to set up a rival body to run the sport.

Declared ineligible Thursday by the ISU were Americans Ronald Pfenning and Jon Jackson, Sally Anne Stapleford of Britain, Britta Lindgren of Sweden, Judith Furst-Tombor of Hungary and Jan Garden of Canada.

The ISU Council ratified the decision at its meeting in Moscow, which ended on Monday.

"They were all people involved with the ISU in one way or another," ISU spokesman Roland Jack said. "They were found to have acted against the interests of the ISU."

Jack said the six would be "ineligible to act as referees or officials or judges at the international level with the ISU."

He said the ruling would not affect work with their national federations.

Set up two years ago, the World Skating Federation has foundered in its attempt to take over as the sport's world governing body. The effort began in the wake of the judging scandal three years ago at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Last month, a New York judge tossed out a lawsuit by the WSF that accused the ISU of monopolistic practices.

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