The International Skating Union has reversed its decision to nominate an “irresponsible and offensive” costume made up of Auschwitz uniforms for its end of year awards.
Russia’s Anton Shulepov competed in the free skate program to the theme from Schindler’s List, wearing a costume that uses elements of prisoner and guard uniforms from Auschwitz, where more than one million Jews, Poles, Roma and prisoners of war were killed by the Nazi regime during WWII.
Some skating fans had already raised concerns when Shulepov wore the costume in early November at the Internationaux de France” event. However, the criticism stepped up when Shulepov was nominated for costume of the year.
Shulepov’s nomination was quickly changed to his outfit for the short program – a plain blue costume that did not reference Auschwitz.
The ISU said the nomination had been made in error.
“The ISU regrets that by error the wrong costume (Free Skating instead of Short Program costume) of Mr Shulepov has been presented for voting,” read a statement posted to the organisation’s official Twitter account. “This error has been corrected and the ISU sincerely apologizes for this mistake and the bad sentiments it has caused.”