Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued negative developments world-wide, the ISU Council has concluded that maintaining the 2020 ISU Congress on the planned dates of June 8-12, 2020 is no longer an option. The same applies to a short-term postponement until later in the summer of 2020.
The fifth edition of the Pure as Ice 2019/20 took place at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Tallinn, Estonia at the Viru Sokos hotel (Skater’s official hotel) with the support of the Estonian Skating Union and in collaboration with the Estonian Anti-Doping Agency.
Due to the continued and increasingly negative Coronavirus/ COVID-19 developments, the Council has further reviewed meetings and seminars scheduled to be held between June and August 2020 and decided to cancel all meetings and seminars planned during the period until the end of August 2020.
As one of the very few sports that combine athleticism with artistry, Figure Skating draws on a wide spectrum of musical genres. Music and movement are the underpinnings of the five Program Components, which form the basis of this module.
As a result of the recent United States’ travel ban of 26 European countries and the state of New York’s restrictions on gatherings over concerns of the spread of the COVID-19 virus, U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union (ISU) are unable to organize the ISU World Synchronized Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place April 3-4, 2020, in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
With the uncertainty surrounding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Skate Canada and the International Skating Union (ISU), were informed today by the Government of Quebec that they have decided to cancel the ISU World Figure Skating Championships® 2020. The event was scheduled to take place from March 16-22, 2020 in Montreal at Centre Bell.
At the time of publishing this statement, the ISU has not been informed of any specific decision from the Quebec Health Ministry in regard to the ISU World Figure Skating Championships scheduled to be held in Montreal on March 16-22, 2020.
As per the ISU Statement of March 2, the ISU, in consultation with the competent local authorities and the organizing ISU Members, is continuing to closely monitor the coronavirus developments and their impact on the upcoming ISU Events that at this time remain scheduled as planned
The revision to the ISTI that came into force on March 1st, 2020 is specifically related to the requirement for urine samples to meet a suitable specific gravity for analysis. Related documents is attached in this News.
We are pleased to announce the third edition of the ISU Healthy Skater Seminar that shall take place during the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2020 in Montreal. The theme for this edition’s seminar is ‘The Role of Nutrition in Performance’ moderated by ISU Medical Commission Chair Dr Jane Moran and supported by selected speakers.
On February 26, 2020 the ISU announced that the ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships 2020 cannot be staged as originally foreseen on March 13-15, 2020 since, in light of the situation in South Korea, the competent authorities of the city of Seoul have closed the Mokdong Ice Rink and ordered the cancellation of all planned competitions.
ISU Communication No. 2311 invites ISU Members to make applications for Junior Skater Scholarships in accordance with the new ISU Development Program Communication (Communication No. 2310). The deadline for applications is April 1, 2020.
Due to the further increase in the number of coronavirus cases in South Korea and China the IDTC has decided to postpone the Referees and Judges Seminars in these two countries. The new dates will be published as soon as possible.
The ISU stands by all those who have been affected and threatened by this situation and wishes success to all those fighting to overcome the crisis, with the expectation and hope that the situation will be restored to normal as quickly as possible.