International Skating Union

The International Skating Union (English International Skating Union ISU short ) was founded in 1892 in Scheveningen, Netherlands and is the oldest winter sports federation. Its headquarters is currently in Lausanne, Switzerland.


During the second half of the 19th century world fights were occasionally arranged in speed skating and figure skating in different parts of the world. With the advent of international competitions both in speed skating and figure skating as well as through the establishment of skating clubs and national associations, there was an urgent need to develop international standards and rules. In July 1892, the Dutch skating club called a meeting for all interested in international skating competitions countries. It was followed by the Congress in Scheveningen, in the course of which ISU was founded.