Cancellation of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Yokohama (JPN) - September 16-19, 2020
Japan Skating Federation informed the ISU that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it was decided to cancel the above-mentioned event.
The ISU Working Group in charge of monitoring the Figure Skating season planning is currently evaluating the consequences of this cancellation on the conduct of the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series. Any Council follow-up action based on such evaluation will be published as soon as possible.
With the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Skate Canada has cancelled the 2020 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Canada. The event was scheduled to take place from August 26-29, 2020 in Richmond, British Columbia.
Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators. Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travellers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.
Skate Canada, in partnership with the local organizing committee, Skate Canada BC/YK, looked forward to hosting the Junior Grand Prix event in Richmond. We thank you all for your efforts and commitment as we prepared to deliver a memorable event.
Cancellation ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, Kosice/Slovak Republic - September 2-5, 2020
Cancellation CS Nepela Memorial 2020, Bratislava, Republic - September 16-19, 2020
The Slovak Figure Skating Association informed the ISU that due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it was decided to cancel both above-mentioned events.
The ISU Working Group in charge to monitor the Figure Skating season planning is currently evaluating the consequences of these cancellations on the conduct of the respective series (ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating series respectively Challenger Series in Figure Skating). Any Council follow-up action based on such evaluation will be published as soon as possible.
The International Skating Union (ISU) has cancelled the entire 2020-2021 Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
All events which had been due to take place as part of the junior circuit have been called off "based on the advice of the Medical Commission and the Council appointed working group".
In a statement, the ISU said some of its members "simply cannot or do not feel comfortable to send junior teams to the remaining ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating countries" because of increased travel and entry restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic.
These restrictions would "seriously complicate" the travel of junior athletes to events, the ISU said.
"Furthermore, the potential extensive sanitary/medical care measures (including possible quarantine) would put an unsustainable burden on the organisers," the ISU added.
"The ISU regrets the cancellation of this popular junior series even though it is in line with the ISU policy to put the safety and health of event participants as the number one priority."
The ISU said it would consider detailed proposals from countries to host junior international events later in the year if the global health situation improves and "allows for the safe organisation of competitions".
Preference will be given to the nations which had been scheduled to stage a leg of the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating, the ISU added.
The junior circuit had been due to start in Budapest on September 9 following the cancellation of the opening two events in Richmond in Canada and Košice in Slovakia.
The Yokohama stop on the series had also been cancelled.
Following the planned curtain-raiser in the Hungarian capital, further events had been scheduled for Ostrava, Tashkent, Ljubljana and Riga.