IOC Approve James’ Change Of Nationality

May 15, 2021

The International Olympic Committee has approved the change of nationality for figure skater Vanessa James, with James now be able to compete for Canada at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The report on the Inside The Games website said, “James will be eligible to represent Canada at the Games with her new skating partner, former world champion and Olympic medallist Eric Radford. Radford announced he was coming out of retirement last month to form a team with James, who was born in the Canadian province Ontario.

Vanessa James & Akim Aliu in Battle of the Blades from November 2020

“They are set to participate as a pair in the 2021-2022 figure skating season, but had to receive approval from the IOC to allow James to compete for Canada in time for Beijing 2022.

“James had represented France for over a decade, becoming a citizen in 2009 and competing at the Vancouver 2010 Games for the nation.

“James had previously represented Britain on the international stage. She qualified for the nation through her father, who is from the British Overseas Territory, Bermuda.”

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