Shocking news is announced for figure skaters as global event is canceled due to pandemic

Due to the pandemic, the world has seen an increase in cancellations and rescheduling of several international sporting events over the past two years. According to the latest developments, the International Skating Union (ISU) has decided not to hold the fourth leg of the 2022-23 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating in China.

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Has the ISU canceled the China Cup?

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Following advice from the Chinese Skating Association, the ISU has decided to cancel the series in China due to COVID-19 restrictions. This is the latest event affected in the country due to COVID-19 protocols.

Although the ISU canceled the Cup of China, the governing body has yet to confirm a host for the encounter. However, the union is looking for a country host the series.

China had regularly hosted the Figure Skating Grand Prix before the pandemic. However, in 2021, the country could not host the series due to the pandemic. Additionally, the cancellation of the series’ final leg in 2020 was also due to similar concerns.

Last year, the series finale was also canceled due to the imposition of travel restrictions in Osaka, Japan. This marked the cancellation of the Grand Prix Final for the second time in two years.

Previous Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cancellations

After canceling the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating China Cup last season, the ISU issued a statement that Lily, “The ISU has been informed of the cancellation of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Cup of China.”

The statement further adds, “The ISU regrets that the organization of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Cup of China is no longer viable and thanks the Chinese Figure Skating Association for its continued efforts and support.

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However, the ISU has yet to release a statement regarding the host country for the fourth leg of the series. Last year, the ISU moved the venue to Italy after China raised concerns about the series being held. It was the first time that Italy hosted a series of Grands Prix. However, the dates of the meeting remained the same. China has implemented a closed-loop management system in the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. With this system, they successfully staged both fixtures without seeing an increase in cases.

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But it seems unlikely that the country will host the China Cup series this year in light of the recent spike in infections. After the Rostelecom Cup, this is the second cancellation of a series this season.

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