ISU Announces Cancellation of Fall World Cups, including Montreal, Laval & Calgary

ISU Announces Cancellation of Fall World Cups, including Montreal, Laval and Calgary

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - During its online meeting of August 28, 2020, the ISU Council received a report from the appointed Working Group elaborating on the ongoing negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sporting events and the feedback received from the organizing ISU Members of ISU Speed Skating and Short Track Speed Skating Events.

The ISU Council concluded that the first four ISU World Cup Speed Skating Competitions cannot be organized as planned. The following ISU World Cup Speed Skating Competitions are therefore cancelled:

  • Tomaszow-Mazowiecki, POL (November 13-15, 2020)
  • Stavanger, NOR (November 20-22, 2020)
  • Salt Lake City, USA (December 4-6, 2020)
  • Calgary, CAN (December 11-13, 2020)

However, based on a basic proposal endorsed by the organizing ISU Members of the initially allocated ISU World Cup Speed Skating Competitions of the season 2020/21, the Council decided to proceed with a specific evaluation of a Hub Concept in the Netherlands as an alternative to hosting the above-mentioned ISU World Cups. The Council acknowledged that the concept needs to be further elaborated and assessed with all stakeholders in order to decide whether this is a feasible way to implement safe, high-level international competitions with worldwide participation during the time period of the above-mentioned four World Cups.

The ISU will communicate the conclusions reached by the Council as soon as possible.

The ISU Council also concluded that the first two ISU World Cup Short Track Competitions cannot be organized as planned. The following ISU World Cup Short Track Competitions are therefore cancelled:

  • Montreal, CAN (November 6-8, 2020)
  • Laval, CAN (November 13-15, 2020)

A decision on the holding of the following two ISU World Cup Short Track Competitions remains pending further consultations with all stakeholders:

  • Seoul, KOR (December 11-13, 2020)
  • Beijing, CHN (December 18-20, 2020)

SSC STATEMENT

Today, the International Skating Union announced preliminary changes to the World Cup schedule for the 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, this includes the cancellation of planned short track events in Montreal and Laval, as well as a long track competition in Calgary. While we are disappointed that we are unable to welcome the world’s best speed skaters this fall, Speed Skating Canada is fully supportive of such decisions that prioritize the health and safety of our sport’s participants and that of the entire communities in which we compete.

We look forward to hosting world-class events again once it is safe to do so.