FILE PHOTO: Figure Skating – Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Pair Skating free skating competition final – Gangneung Ice Arena - Gangneung, South Korea – February 15, 2018 - Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada compete. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
March 24, 2022
MONTPELLIER, France (Reuters) – The International Skating Union (ISU) has replaced its world championship commentators after they made derogatory comments aimed at Canadian Meagan Duhamel.
Commentator Simon Reed called Duhamel, the “bitch from Canada” at the end of Wednesday’s pairs event, apparently thinking his microphone was turned off.
Reed and his commentating partner, Nicky Slater, laughed after the expletive.
“There is no place for harassing and abusive language or remarks and behavior in sport and our society,” the ISU said in a statement on Thursday.
“The ISU took instant action with its service provider to suspend both commentators with immediate effect and neither will cover any future Figure Skating events for the ISU.”
Duhamel, who won two world titles with fellow Canadian Eric Radford before retiring in 2018, had criticised the duo’s commentaries on Twitter.
The world championships end on Sunday.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis)