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2000/2001 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Technical Announcement

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The six events of the "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating" are:

Skate America International			Oct. 26th - Oct. 29th, 2000	Colorado Springs, USA
MasterCard Skate Canada International		Nov. 2nd - Nov. 5th, 2000	Mississauga, Canada
Sparkassen Cup on Ice				Nov. 9th - Nov. 12th, 2000	Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Cup of Russia					Nov. 16th - Nov. 19th, 2000	St. Petersburg, Russia
Trophée Lalique					Nov. 23rd - Nov. 26th, 2000	Paris, France
NHK Trophy					Nov. 30th - Dec. 3rd, 2000	Asahikawa, Japan

The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will be organized for the best Men, Ladies, Pairs and Dance couples in

Tokyo, Japan

from February 15th to February 18th, 2001

1. GENERAL

The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" consists of six existing international senior invitational events and the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". All six events will be held with the approval and the assistance of the International Skating Union, under the responsibility of the Member Federations concerned and in accordance with the 2000 ISU Constitution and General Regulations, the ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating 2000, the ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing 2000 and the relevant ISU Communications. The final event belongs to the ISU and will be organized by the Japan Skating Federation (JSF).

The six events and the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" are only open to eligible persons according to Rule 102 who must be entered through their National Associations.

Skaters/couples entered for an event of the "Grand Prix for Figure Skating" may not participate in the same discipline of an event of the "Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating" in the same season, except for Pairs. Only skaters, participating in different disciplines with the exception of the Pair category, may enter in both "Grand Prix - junior and senior" in the same year/skating season.

This regulation does not reflect any participation at the ISU Championships or any other international events not included in the "Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating" or the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating".

A point system within the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" has been established to qualify the skaters for the ”Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final”. Points will be obtained according to the results in each of the six events comprising the ”Grand Prix of Figure Skating”.

2. DESIGNATION OF THE SKATERS

2.1 Seeded skaters/couples

a) According to the results of the previous World Figure Skating Championships, the skater/couple ranking 1 - 6 in each of the 4 categories (Men, Ladies, Pairs, Ice Dancing) shall be seeded into three events (two events named for points). The 3rd event is optional to the skater for participation.

b) In case of retirement (or ineligibility) of any of the top 6 skaters/couples seeded, the next placed skater shall be seeded.

c) Such seeded skaters/couples must commit on their two assigned events (counting for points). Priority will be given to the home event, if possible.

d) The 3rd event in which the seeded skaters/couples are invited for participation will not count for points, but prize money will be awarded according to the placement.

e) Each ISU-Member concerned must announce by September 5th, 2000 latest which events will be the "scoring events" (two events) and which event has to be considered as the "non-scoring event". (see also paragraph 3.3)

2.2 Invited skaters/couples

a) Each organizer of the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" may invite additional skaters/couples at their discretion. The maximum number of entries per event is set as follows:

	
Men, Ladies and Ice Dancing		not more than 12 but not less than 10 entries
Pairs					not more than 10 but not less than 8 entries

b) No invited skaters/dance couples (except seated skaters/couples in accordance with para 2.1) may compete in more than two events of the ”Grand Prix of Figure Skating”. These events will count for points and prize money will be awarded according to the placement.

c) Pairs may compete in a third event, which will not count for points, but prize money will be awarded according to the placement. This additional third event must be declared as the ”non scoring event” by September 5th, 2000.

d) No skater/couple, seeded, invited or alternate, may skate only in the exhibition of an event without having participated in this event itself.

e) A maximum of three skaters/couples of the same ISU Member may compete in the same category of any individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating"

3. POINT SYSTEM

3.1 Points

A point system based on the ranking of each individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" is established:

	Men,Ladies,Ice Dance				Pairs

	1st place	  12 points			1st place	  12 points
	2nd place	   9 points			2nd place	   9 points
	3rd place 	   7 points			3rd place 	   7 points
	4th place	   5 points			4th place	   5 points
	5th place	   4 points			5th place	   4 points
	6th place	   3 points			6th place	   3 points
	7th place	   2 points
	8th place	   1 point

3.2 Confirmation of participation of seeded skaters/couples

The ISU Members must confirm the participation of their top seeded skaters/couples in the two events designated to the "ISU Management Commission" of the ”Grand Prix of Figure Skating" by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management Commission. If a seeded skater/couple does not participate in that event for which he/she/they is/are designated, there will be no substitute event.

The invitations will be forwarded through the host ISU Member of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" event concerned.

3.3 Confirmation of participation of invited skaters/couples

The invitations for participation for skaters/couples, besides the seeded ones, will be forwarded to the ISU Members concerned by the host country of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" event. The National Associations of these invited skaters/couples must confirm the participation simultaneously to the ISU Management Commission and the host ISU Member by September 5th, 2000 latest including the indication of which events are the scoring and which event is the non-scoring competition, in case of receiving three invitations for a skater/couple.

3.4 Restrictions for participation in Junior and Senior Grand Prix Events

No single skater (Man or Lady) or Dance couple may compete in events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and "Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating" in the same skating season. This restriction is not valid for Pairs.

3.5 Restrictions for participation in "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and "Open International Event"

ISU Communication No. 1023, regarding the ISU principles for entries for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and Open International Competitions shall be applied.

3.6 Confirmation of alternates with respect to invited skaters/couples

Alternate skaters in each individual event must be approved by the ISU Management Commission of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating". In general the deadline for alternates is set by October 1st, 2000, but for practical reasons each organizer of an event is requested to communicate directly with the Chair of the Management Commission regarding late alternates.

3.7 Points considered

The two results as confirmed/announced are to be considered for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" ranking order. The points are added to a total to determine the ranking of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" on the basis of the highest amount of points first .

3.8 Final ranking order

The ranking by points will be published immediately after the last event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" (for 2000/2001 the "NHK Trophy"). Qualified for the "Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating" are

	the top 6 ranking Men 
	the top 6 ranking Ladies
	the top 6 ranking Pairs
	the top 6 ranking Dance Couples

3.9 Ties

If there is a tie by added points, the following criteria will be taken into consideration for tie-breaking:

a) the best place obtained in the two designated events will count for the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

b) the best place in a Free Program in the two designated events will count for the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

c) participation in two events will be considered better than having participated in only one event;

If there is still a tie

d) the total of the two Free Program places in the two designated events will count for the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

e) the best place in the Short Program/Original Dance obtained in the two designated events will count for the better place/ranking;

If there is still a tie

e) the total of the two places obtained in the Short Program/Original Dance in the two designated events will count for the better place/ranking.

If there is still a tie

g) the number of participants finishing the two individual events in which the tied skaters/couples have competed, will be added to a total. The higher number of participants will count for the better place/ranking.

If there is still a tie all skaters tied are qualified for the "ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating".

4. PRIZE MONEY OF EACH INDIVIDUAL EVENT

All prize money in favor of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of each individual event through the hosting ISU Members and through the ISU Members of the awarded skaters. The withholding tax, if any, will be deducted according to the respective law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the countries of the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other costs.

4.1 Prize money for each individual event

The Global Prize Money per individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" will be

US$ 264,000.00

awarded to winners and placed skaters/couples as follows:

		Men & Ladies		Pairs & Ice Dancing

1st place	US$ 30,000.00		US$ 30,000.00
2nd place	US$ 18,000.00		US$ 18,000.00
3rd place	US$ 10,000.00		US$ 10,000.00
4th place	US$  5,000.00		US$  5,000.00
5th place	US$  3,000.00		US$  3,000.00

Prize money may be reduced or completely withheld if a skater/couple:

i) will not participate in the final exhibition gala of the Event concerned with at least one exhibition number (show dance or similar) plus an "encore" if so requested.

ii) do not attend the press conference after his/her/their event.

iii) do not take part in social events if asked by the ISU and/or the organizer.

The decision to reduce or withhold the prize money can only be made by the ISU Management Commission after consultation of the ISU Coordinator for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating".

4.2 Point Bonus System

The point system will globally allocate

US$ 37,800.00

to the athletes who scored points in the individual events but did not qualify for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final". Individual payment of this "point bonus" will be made after the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2000/2001" to the National Associations concerned.

Points, valid for the "Point Bonus System", will only be calculated for those skaters, who did not received prize money within the individual event concerned.

5. TECHNICAL DETAILS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL EVENTS


		Men:		Short Program	Duration: max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
						the prescribed elements to be 
						skated are those listed in ISU
						Special Regulations Figure Skating 2000,
						Rule 310, para 1 and 2

				Free Skating	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec.;
						in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320 

				Factors		Short Program	0,5
						Free Skating	1,0

		Ladies:		Short Program	see Men;

				Free Skating	Duration: 4 min., in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320

				Factors		see Men;

		Pairs:		Short Program	Duration: max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
						the prescribed elements to be 
						skated are those listed in ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 313,
						para 2 and 4, group A

				Free Skating	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec. in accordance with
						ISU Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 321

				Factors		Short Program	0,5
						Free Skating	1,0


		Ice Dancing:	Compulsory Dance	One of the four Compulsory Dances
							announced for 2000/2001 will be executed
							in each of the six events. The prescribed
							Compulsory Dances determined by the
							IDTC for each event are as follows:

					Skate Amerika, USA	Westminster Waltz
					Skate Canada, CAN	Rhumba
					Sparkassen Cup, GER	Silver Samba
					Cup of Russia, RUS	Westminster Waltz
					Trophée Lalique, FRA	Tango Romantica
					NHK-Trophy, JPN		Rhumba


				Original Dance	Rhythm Combination - rhythm
						Any 2 or 3 of Foxtrot, Quickstep, Charleston, 
						March in accordance with the ISU Special 
						Regulations Ice Dancing 2000, Rule 509 and
						ISU Communication 1065
						Duration: 2 min., 30 sec., 


				Free Dance	Duration: 4 min. in accordance
						with ISU Special Regulations Ice
						Dancing 2000, Rule 510 and ISU 
						Communication 1065;

				Factors		Comp.-Dance	0,4
						Original Dance	0,6
						Free Dance	1,0

6 REFEREES AND JUDGES

6.1 Referees and Assistant Referees

Each Member Federation hosting an event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" will propose to the Management Commission the names of Referees and Assistant Referees, who are selected for invitation by a date set and communicated by the ISU Management Commission. The co-ordination will be made by the Management Commission, and submitted to the ISU President at a date set and communicated by the ISU Management Commission for confirmation.

An individual Grand Prix of Figure Skating event must have at least one ISU Office Holder (Figure Skating or Ice Dancing Technical Committee) as a Referee and/or Assistant Referee but not more than two Office Holders serving per competition.

6.2 Panel of Judges

Each panel in each individual event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will consist of at least seven Judges from seven different ISU Members and one Substitute Judge.

6.3 Limitation of Events

No Official (Referee, Assistant-Referee, Judge) may serve in more than two out of the six events of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating". The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" does not count for this limitation.

No official may serve in more than 2 categories within the same event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating".

Each organizer of an event of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" must inform the ISU Management Commission of the name and country of the Judges, entered for this event, by September 1st, 2000 latest respectively immediately after the entry deadline of the event concerned. All name changes of Judges must be forwarded to the ISU Management Commission as well.

6.4 Referees and Judges Expenses

Referees, Assistant Referees, Judges and Substitute Judges will receive an honorarium of US$ 300.00 in each individual "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" event and US$ 600.00 for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final".

7. Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final 2000/2001

According to the ranking order by points

the top 6 Men and Ladies,

the top 6 Pairs and

the top 6 Dance Couples

are invited to the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" , which will take place in

Tokyo, Japan,

from February 16th to February 18th, 2001

7.1 Bonus for participation in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

A skater/couple will receive an extra bonus of

US$ 10,000.00

for participation in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", provided the skater/couple

a) completes all initial rounds of the final event including the exhibition;

b) takes part in all social events of the final event, if asked by the ISU and/or the host organizer.

Skaters/couples who are unable to finish their event in case of injury or illness but have completed at least one initial round in the final event may be granted the extra bonus as well, provided that a medical confirmation by the official doctor/Medical Advisor of the ISU can be presented.

The bonus in favour of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of the Final through the hosting ISU Members and through the ISU members of the awarded skaters. The withholding tax, if any, will be deducted according to the respective law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the countries of the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other costs.

7.2 Prize Money

The ISU will make available the Global Prize Money of the "Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating" of

US$ 492,000.00

to the skaters through their National Associations. All prize money in favour of the awarded skaters will be paid at the end of the Final through the hosting ISU Members and through the ISU Members of the awarded skaters. The withholding tax, if any, will be deducted according to the respective law of the host country taking into account double tax treaties with the countries of the awarded skaters. The ISU is not responsible for any taxes, fees or other costs.

		Men and Ladies	Pairs and Ice Dancing

1st place	US$ 50,000.00	1st place	US$ 50,000.00
2nd place	US$ 30,000.00	2nd place	US$ 30,000.00
3rd place	US$ 20,000.00	3rd place	US$ 20,000.00
4th place	US$ 10,000.00	4th place	US$ 10,000.00
5th place	US$  8,000.00	5th place	US$  8,000.00
6th place	US$  5,000.00	6th place	US$  5,000.00

7.3 Technical Details and Venue for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"


	Organizing
	Committee:		Japan Skating Federation

	Place:			Tokyo, Japan

		Men:		Short Program	Duration: max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
						the prescribed elements to be 
						skated are those listed in ISU
						Special Regulations Figure Skating 2000,
						Rule 310, para 2

				Free Skating A	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec.;
						in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320 

				Factors		Short Program	0,5
						Free Skating A	1,0


				According to the ranking order, the second Free Skating Program
				(Free Skating B) will be skated in a "Head-to-Head" event as
				prescribed in the Appendices.

				Free Skating B	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec.;
						in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320 

				Special Remarks:	The two Free Skating Programs must be
							different in at least 50% of the music chosen,
							the costume and in their whole character.
							Each skater has to decide before the first
							draw, which Free Skating Program he will
							skate first (A) and which Free Skating
							Program he will skate last (B). There is no
							change possible after the first draw.

		Ladies:		Short Program	see Men;

				Free Skating A	Duration: 4 min., in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320

				Factors		see Men;

				According to the ranking order, the second Free Skating Program
				(Free Skating B) will be skated in a "Head-to-Head" event as
				prescribed in the Appendices.

				Free Skating B	Duration: 4 min., in accordance with ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 320 

				Special Remarks:	The two Free Skating Programs must be
							different in at least 50% of the music chosen,
							the costume and in their whole character.
							Each skater has to decide before the first
							draw, which Free Skating Program she will
							skate first (A) and which Free Skating
							Program she will skate last (B). There is no
							change possible after the first draw.


		Pairs:		Short Program	Duration: max. 2 min., 40 sec.;
						the prescribed elements to be 
						skated are those listed in ISU
						Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 313,
						para 2 and 4, group A

				Free Skating A	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec. in accordance with
						ISU Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 321

				Factors		Short Program	0,5
						Free Skating	1,0

				According to the ranking order, the second Free Skating Program
				(Free Skating B) will be skated in a "Head-to-Head" event as
				prescribed in the Appendices.

				Free Skating B	Duration: 4 min., 30 sec. in accordance with
						ISU Special Regulations Figure
						Skating 2000, Rule 321

				Special Remarks:	The two Free Skating Programs must be
							different in at least 50% of the music chosen,
							the costume and in their whole character.
							Each Pair has to decide before the first
							draw, which Free Skating Program they will
							skate first (A) and which Free Skating
							Program they will skate last (B). There is no
							change possible after the first draw.


		Ice Dancing:	Original Dance	Rhythm Combination - rhythm
							Any 2 or 3 of Foxtrot, Quickstep, Charleston, 
							March in accordance with the ISU Special 
							Regulations Ice Dancing 2000, Rule 509	
							Duration: 2 min. 30 sec.			
				
					Free Dance A		(To be skated in Round 1)

							Duration:  4 min.; 
							The Free Dance A must be in accordance with 
							the ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing 1998,
							Rule 510 (Season 1999/2000) with the following 
							exceptions:
	
							a)	paragraph 4 I) applies; in addition the
								maximum number of lifts shall be 7.

							b)	paragraph 4 l) shall not apply (therefore, 
								required elements need not to be included.

							This means that any previous Free Dance, part
							or parts of a previous Free Dance or a fully new 
							Free Dance may be skated provided it complies 
							with the above.

							Music and composition must be in accordance 
							with ISU Communications No. 1022, 1026 and 
							1042.

				Factors		Original Dance	0,4
						Free Dance	0,6

				According to the ranking order, the second Free Dance (Free 
				Dance B) will be skated in a "Head-to-Head" event as
				prescribed in the Appendices.

				Free Dance B	Duration: 4 min. in accordance
						with ISU Special Regulations Ice
						Dancing 2000, Rule 510;

				Special Remarks:	Free Dance "A" and "B" must be completely 
							different programs.	

7.4 Special regulations for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

(Any possible changes or necessary clarifications would be communicated in due time)

The "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" 2000/2001 is composed of two different Rounds in each of the four disciplines as follows:

7.4.1 Singles and Pairs:

Round 1:		The Short program is to be skated first. The Free Skating A, 
			chosen by the skaters/couples, will be skated as the second part of 
			Round 1. The two initial rounds will be calculated according to
			ISU Special Regulations Figure Skating, Rules 353 to 356.  

Round 2:		Round 2 is a "Head-to-head" event. Each skater/couple will skate
			his/her/their "Free Skating B". The composition of the skaters in 
			Round 2 (Head-to-head event) is as follows:

			The FINAL:

			place 5	versus		place 6
			place 3	versus		place 4

			The SUPER FINAL :

			place 1	versus		place 2

			Starting order

			The competitors will draw the starting-order immediately 
			prior of the individual warm-up-period. 

7.4.2 Ice Dancing:

Round 1:		The Original Dance is to be skated first. The Free Dance A 
			(program of 1999/2000) will be skated as the second part of 
			Round 1. The two initial rounds will be calculated according to
			ISU Special Regulations Ice Dancing, Rules 543 to 546.  

Round 2:		Round 2 is a "Head-to-head" event. Each skater/couple will skate
			his/her/their "Free Dance B". The composition of the "Pairs" in the
			"Head-to-Head" competition is as follows:

			The FINAL:

			place 5	versus		place 6
			place 3	versus		place 4

			The SUPER FINAL :

			place 1	versus		place 2

			Starting order

			The competitors will draw the starting-order immediately 
			prior of the individual warm-up-period. 

7.4.3 Ties

In case of a tie after Round 1 ISU Regulations Rule 356, paragraph 4 and 546, paragraph 3, c will apply.

7.5 Entries

Invitations on behalf of the ISU to the qualified skaters/couples will be forwarded by the host Organizing Committee of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" to the National Associations concerned including all official forms.

If a skater/couple cannot participate due to injury

a) he/she/they must inform the Organizing Committee in writing through the respective ISU Member immediately so that the Organizing Committee can extend an invitation on behalf of the ISU to the next ranked skater/couple.

b) An injured skater may be called to the place of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", at the expense of the ISU, to be examined by the ISU Medical Advisor

7.6 Referees and Assistant Referees

The Referees and Assistant Referees for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" will be appointed by the ISU President. The ISU Management Commission may submit recommendations to the ISU President. The Referees must have the qualification "Referee for ISU Championships", the Assistant Referees should have the qualification for at least "ISU Referees for international competitions".

7.7 Judges

The panel of Judges will consist of at least seven Judges from seven different ISU Members and one Substitute Judge. All Judges must have the qualification ”Judges for ISU Championships”.

The composition of the panel of Judges in each category will be made according to the following procedure:

a) first priority will be given to the participating ISU Members in each category;

b) second priority, if necessary, will be given to the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" Members;

c) third priority, if necessary, will be given to the ISU Members with skaters/couples not qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" in the discipline concerned, starting from that skater/couple with the highest total amount of points (= first substitute).

The ISU must inform through the host Member of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" all ISU Members concerned about the number of Judges set or qualified. The selection of Judges will be made by the respective ISU Member.

No Judge may serve in more than two categories of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final".

7.8 Schedule (subject to change)

The first official practice is scheduled on Wednesday, February 14th, 2001 commencing at 12.00 hours.

The Judges' Meeting and the composition of the panel of Judges is scheduled on February 15th, 2001.

The Opening & Draws are scheduled on February 15th, 2001.

All events are scheduled between February 16th and 18th, 2001.

7.9 Expenses

The organizing Member will pay travel expenses for air-fare at economy rates for all Competitors qualified for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final”, for all Judges invited (see 7.7), the Referees and Assistant Referees from their domicile to Tokyo and return.

The organizing Member will pay board and lodging for all Competitors and Judges, Referees and Assistant Referees from Wednesday, February 14th, 2001 (incl. lunch) to Monday, February 19th, 2001 (incl. lunch). All overseas Competitors, Judges and Referees/Assistant Referees will be covered from their day of arrival until their day of departure according to their flight possibilities.

7.10 Liability

According to ISU Constitution and General Regulations 2000, Rule 119, the organizer and the ISU accepts no liability for injuries or damage sustained by Competitors or Officials.

8. ALTERNATES

8.1 Replacement of seeded skaters in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating"

A top seeded skater/couple who becomes ineligible will be replaced by the immediate following skater/couple based on the results of the previous World Figure Skating Championships.

8.2 Replacement for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final"

A qualified skater/couple for the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final", unable to participate, will be replaced by the immediate following skater/couple based on the ranking order of points.

The first three alternate skaters/couples must stay on "stand-by" until three days (until February 12th, 2001 - noon (local Japan time)) before the Opening & Draws of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final" as possible alternates. These alternate skaters/couples are responsible for their own necessary visa affairs or travel documents.

Any replacements do not influence at first the invitation of Judges respectively the composition of the panel of judges.

8.3 Decision for Replacements

The ISU Management Commission of the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" and the ISU decide upon any replacements.

9. INJURIES or ILLNESS of top seeded skaters

In any case of injury or illness a medical certification, confirmed by the National Association and/or an ISU Medical Advisor has to be sent to the Chairman of the ISU Management Commission and the ISU Secretariat simultaneously.

10. ANTI DOPING

10.1 Anti Doping Tests in the "Grand Prix of Figure Skating" events

Anti Doping tests will be conducted in each of the six events of the "ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating" as well as in the “Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final”. The tests will be carried out on the best skater/couple of each category of the final result of each event and the Final. One skater from the remainder of the skaters shall be selected by random draw in Singles, Pair Skating and Ice Dance. In Pair Skating and Ice Dancing, either the man or the lady, but nor both, shall be tested and shall be selected by random draw. Anti Doping tests will be carried out according to ISU Regulations, Rule 139, and the current Anti Doping Rules as communicated by the relevant ISU Communication.

11. INFORMATION

For further information any request should be addressed to

		Morry Stillwell
		Chairman of the ISU Management Commission
		941 Tomorro Lane, 
		Fallbrook, CA 92028, USA
		
		phone: (+) 1 760 728 4209
		fax:   (+) 1 760 728 4436

12. "GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING" ORGANIZING STRUCTURE

	ISU  Headquarters			ISU Coordinator for the "Grand 
						Prix of Figure Skating"

	ISU Secretariat				Mr. Didier Gailhaguet 
	Chemin de Primerose 2			35, rue Félicien David
	CH-1007 Lausanne			F-75016  Paris, France
	phone: ++41 / 21 / 612 66 66			
	fax:   ++41 / 21 / 612 66 77		phone:  (+) 33 1 5392 8181
	e-mail:  info@isu.ch 			fax:    (+) 33 1 5392 8182



	EVENT ORGANIZING MEMBER FEDERATIONS 

	CFSA		Skate Canada
	FFSG		Fédération Francaise des Sports de Glace
	DEU		Deutsche Eislauf-Union
	JSF		Japan Skating Federation
	FSFR		The Figure Skating Federation of Russia
	USFSA		The United States Figure Skating Association	

	
	ISU Management Commission

	Morry Stillwell			Chairman
	David Dore			Recorder
	Michael Föll
	Bernard Goy
	Sergei Kononykhin
	Nagahisa Ono

13. "GRAND PRIX OF FIGURE SKATING FINAL"

International Skating Union

	Mr. Ottavio CINQUANTA		President

	Contact:	Mr.  Fredi SCHMID
			General Secretary
			International Skating Union
			Chemin de Primrose 2
			CH-1007 Lausanne
			phone: (+) 41 21 612 66 66
			fax:   (+) 41 21 612 66 77
			e-mail: info@isu.ch

Organizing Committee

Japan Skating Federation
Mr. Katsuichiro Hisanaga, President
Kishi Memorial Hall
Room 414
1-1-1	Jinnan, Shibuya-ku
TOKYO 150-8050

phone: (+) 81 3 34 81 23 51/3
fax:   (+) 81 3 34 81 23 50
e-mail: info@skatingjapan.or.jp

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