Jan Dijkema, ISU President © Martin de Jong
After nearly three decades of dedication and significant contributions to ice skating world, Jan Dijkema – ISU President from 2016 up to this day – is handing over his presidential seat on June 10, 2022 during the ISU 58th Ordinary Congress (June 6-10, Phuket, Thailand). His extensive career at the ISU (view biography here) has been guided by a strong determination to grow all ice skating disciplines in a spirit of good governance, development and innovation leaving a lasting imprint for the next generation.
Jan Dijkema, ISU President, poses with Nathan Chen (USA) at the medal ceremony for the Men's single competition of the 2019 ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan. © International Skating Union (ISU)
Joining the International Skating Union (ISU) back in 1994 as an ISU Council Member, Jan Dijkema experienced first-hand the evolution of the federation during 16 years before being elected ISU Vice-President for Speed Skating in 2010. Coming up with a solid program and vision for the future of the ISU (read 2016 manifesto here), Jan Dijkema was then elected President in 2016 becoming the third Dutchman to head the ISU. He was elected again in 2018 for another four-year term (read 2018 manifesto here).
Jan Dijkema, ISU President, presents Sven Kramer (NED) with the winning trophy for the 5000m Men race final classification at the 2016 ISU Speed Skating World Cup Final in Heerenveen. © Martin de Jong
In parallel to this role, he was actively involved in the Foundation Board of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), while being a Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Coordination Commission for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milano Cortina, Italy.
With his presidential term coming to an end during the 58th ISU Ordinary Congress, Jan Dijkema opened the event on June 6th 2022 by pronouncing a farewell speech highlighting the major milestones achieved throughout his mandate (read full end-of-term message here).
Jan Dijkema, ISU President, prepares to present medals during the Short Track Speed Skating Women's 1000m medal ceremony at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. © Getty Images
The elections for the new ISU President and Office Holders will take place on June 10th 2022 and will be live-streamed on the ISU YouTube channel.
For further information on the 2022 ISU Congress’ agenda, most important proposals to be voted as well as list of candidates running for the different Office Holders positions including Presidency, please visit the dedicated webpage.