Seven cities look to host 2014 World ST Championships

Seven Canadian cities bidding to host 2014 ISU World Short Track Championships
Saguenay, Quebec City, Sherbrooke, Montreal, Calgary, Richmond and Vancouver

– The International Skating Union (ISU) awarded to Speed Skating Canada (SSC) the ISU World Short Track Championships in June 2011. SSC issued a call to interested event organizers to provide a ‘letter of intent to submit a bid’ by Monday, April 30. Four Quebec cities have shown interest in hosting: Saguenay, Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Montreal. Calgary, Vancouver and Richmond, B.C., have also thrown their ‘helmet in the oval’.

Since the first world senior championships in 1976, Canada has played host four times: Quebec City (1979), Moncton (1982) and Montreal (1987 and 2002). The 2013 World Short Track Championships will be held in Dubrecen, Hungary, from March 8-10.

The seven organizing committees must send their bids to SSC no later than Monday, June 4. SSC’s site selection committee will review each bid until Friday, June 22, with the announcement made during the association’s annual general meeting in Montreal on Friday, June 29.

The committees and proposed facilities are as follows:
- Saguenay, Que.: Comité organisateur d'événements - Saguenay, Georges-Vézina Centre
- Quebec City: Association régionale de Québec, Le Pavillon de la Jeunesse
- Sherbrooke, Que.: Comité organisateur d'événements en patinage - Sherbrooke, Aréna Eugène-Lalonde
- Montreal: Comité Événement International - Montreal, Maurice-Richard Arena
- Calgary: Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association, Olympic Oval and Canada Olympic Park
- Richmond: British Columbia Speed Skating Association, Richmond Olympic Oval
- Vancouver: British Columbia Speed Skating Association, Pacific National Exhibition