It is hoped that synchronised skating could feature at the 2022 Winter Olympics ©ISU

Finland's Marie Lundmark has been named chair of an advisory Working Group responsible for "studying conditions" about submitting synchronised skating for inclusion at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

The panel, commissioned by the International Skating Union (ISU), has a mandate to "investigate, strategise and gather the information" required to be accepted.

It could then form part of an ISU proposal to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the addition of a new event.

As well as Lundmark, other members of the six-strong Working Group include China's International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes' Commission member and former short-track star Yang Yang and Russia's ISU vice-president Alexander Lakernik.

They are joined by United States Figure Skating Association executive director David Rath, Canada's ISU Synchronised Skating Technical Committee member Cathy Dalton and Sweden's ISU Athletes' Commission member Nathalie Lindqvist.

Synchronised skating is a form of figure skating where teams of between eight and 20 athletes compete together as one team. 

They move as a flowing unit at high speed while performing different footwork moves.

A first ISU-organised World Championships took place in 2000.

China's IOC member Yang Yang is another member of the new ISU panel ©Getty Images
China's IOC member Yang Yang is another member of the new ISU panel ©Getty Images

Synchronised events have never featured at the Olympics, but were held at three editions of the Winter Universiade between 2007 and 2011.

Men's and ladies singles, pairs and ice dancing are the current four Olympic figure skating events. 

A team event, composed of one men's single skater, one ladies' single skater, one pair, and one ice dance duo, made its debut at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. 

New disciplines and events are generally approved three years before an Olympic Games, so probably in 2019.

Curling mixed doubles, speed skating mass start, Alpine skiing team event and snowboard big air were all approved for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics by the IOC in 2015.

Snowboard parallel slalom was dropped to make way for snowboard big air.

An application from synchronised skating was unsuccessful. 

Ice climbing and bandy also campaigning to be added as new sports at Beijing 2022.