Show recent news

Latest News

  • The Night of The Legends

    It was awards night at Sportel yesterday. The best television images and the best books in sports were recognised by juries made up of outstanding athletes, true sports legends, who assigned the 12 prizes to the winners. And then it was the turn of Peter, Gabi and Anna ...

    26/10/2016 read more ...
  • Gabi And Anna @ Sportel

    Gabriele Goffredo and Anna Matus, two-time World Champions in the Latin American dances, visit Monaco and Sportel 2016, the Sports Marketing and Media Convention, on 25 October. There they showcase top-level DanceSport.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • New President For FIDS

    The Italian DanceSport Federation FIDS held its ordinary Elective General Meeeting on Saturday 22 October in Rome. Standing unopposed after the other two candidates had withdrawn, Giovanni Costantino was elected by acclamation.

    24/10/2016 read more ...
  • Combat Competition Manipulation | White Paper

    The members of the Presidential Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport publish a "White Paper" that should serve as the basis to their discussions on and their efforts in improving integrity in DanceSport.

    22/10/2016 read more ...
  • Better Late Than Never

    At long last, the WDSF Communications team releases the second of its "My Very Best 2015" programmes: the Latin Edition. To say that it is merely a compilation of the very best Latin dancing during 2015 doesn't do it justice! It's more: it shows you the human side of it all!

    21/10/2016 read more ...
  • 2016 World Formation Standard

    The WDSF Sports Director advises the Member Bodies that the 2016 World DanceSport Championship Standard Formation will take place in Pécs, HUN, on 4 December. Another major event saved in less than one week!

    21/10/2016 read more ...

Adjudicators Anonymous 18/02/2014

Ice Dance © IOC After result fixing in ice dance was exposed at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Like City, USA, the International Skating Union (ISU) set out to reform its judging.

Prior to Torino 2006 it adopted a new system in which the judges’ scores remained anonymous. A measure aiming to prevent pressure on individual officials by dubious outside influences!

The names of the nine judges on the panel are known and published alongside the results. But all public accountability for their scores is removed, as only the trimmed (highest and lowest scores are dropped) mean is posted. That ISU monitors the judges' individual scores in a post-event evaluation is certain. But having these scores out in the public domain seems to be one way of keeping officials under a positive pressure to be at their best with every call they make.

Results of Ice Dance | Free Dance in Sochi 2014

Results of the final of the 2013 GrandSlam Standard Final in Shanghai

If a deal was struck to trade favourable marks in the ice dance and team competitions (an allegation made prior to the Games in a report by French newspaper, L’Équipe), and the Eastern European judges voted as a bloc, they’d be able to affect the results even after the high and low scores get tossed.

However, because the judges’ scores are secret, no one outside the ISU can know if that’s in fact what happened.

The Globe and Mail, Canada