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27 Feb 2004
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Speed Skating team pursuit event at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin


The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today decided to include provisionally Speed Skating Team Pursuit event in the programme of the Olympic Winter Games. By changing the Olympic competition schedule for Speed Skating so that the two 500m races would be skated in one day instead of being spread over two days, the International Skating Union (ISU) managed to free two days of competition, creating room for a team event.

The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today decided to include Speed Skating Team Pursuit event in the programme of the Olympic Winter Games. By changing the Olympic competition schedule for Speed Skating so that the two 500m races would be skated in one day instead of being spread over two days, the International Skating Union (ISU) managed to free two days of competition, creating room for a team event.

Team Pursuit competitions have been organised at international level for over 20 years. ISU decided to include Team Pursuit races as a demonstration event at the World Junior Championships in 1996. The event quickly gained popularity and the level of performances has been increasing constantly. In 2006, it will be ten years since the ISU's recognition of Team Pursuit as an event at the ISU Championships, and it was felt the time was time to also include the event into the programme of the Olympic Winter Games.


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