France's Didier Gailhaguet has focused on modernising and improving the presentation of events in his latest series of manifesto proposals released today in his bid to replace Ottavia Cinquanta as President of the International Skating Union (ISU).
Gailhaguet, the French Ice Sports Federation (FFSG) President, returned to the sport following a three-year ban for his involvement in a judging scandal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
His manifesto, entitled Change or Be Changed is based around modernising and reforming the governing body.
It includes revamping ISU events and considering new formats, updating the international calendar and bringing together different disciplines so a festival-style event will work better for broadcasters.
Abolishing anonymous judging in figure skating is another aim.
“The ISU’s events around the world are a valuable asset that help to showcase our amazing sports and provide a revenue stream that delivers essential funds to our International Federation," he said.
"We need to maximise the commercial potential of our events so ice sports can continue to develop globally.
“I believe this can be achieved by ensuring ISU events are revamped and modernised so they offer a compelling experience to fans and a commercially attractive proposition to broadcasters and sponsors.
"We need to consider new event formats that are exciting and engaging to watch in stadia and on TV, making the sport presentation appeal to new, younger generations of fans.
"By introducing new concepts and bringing together different ice sport disciplines for a festival-style event at a World Championship level, we will be able move with the times and embrace positive change that delivers value to all our stakeholders.”
Gailhaguet is the only candidate to have formally stood so far for an election due to be held during the five-day ISU Congress in Dubrovnik starting on June 6.
Two other potential candidates are The Netherlands' Jan Dijkema, the ISU vice-president for speed skating, and György Sallak, the ISU development coordinator and director general of the Hungarian National Skating Federation.
Dijkema has told insidethegames he is "considering this [standing for President] seriously however, [has] not yet finally decided".
Sallak has not yet responded to requests for clarification over his intentions.
insidethegames understands, however, that he may plan to coincide his announcement with this month's World Junior Figure Skating Championships, due to open in Hungarian city Debrecen on March 14.
The deadline for confirming intentions is April 25.
“It is important to continue the programme to professionalise our sport and central to that is the abolishment of anonymous judging in figure skating disciplines," Gailhaguet added.
"To uphold the integrity of fair competition and to ensure full transparency, I believe judges need to be protected but also open with their scores - which will also help the watching public to understand our disciplines better.
“One of my other priorities is to improve the safety procedures in short track.
"The safety our athletes must always be our top concern.”
Gailhaguet's campaign is being orchestrated by Vero Communications, the British consultancy that have successfully helped Brian Cookson, Sebastian Coe and Gianni Infantino become Presidents of the International Cycling Union, International Association of Athletics Federations and football body FIFA respectively in recent years.
More details can be found on Gailhaguet's personal website here.