Skate Canada International, the second event of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix Series, has been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event was to take place Oct. 30-31, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario.
In a press release from Skate Canada, Canada’s figure skating federation, the decision to cancel the event was made in consultation with the city of Ottawa and the government of Ontario. They closely monitored the federal, provincial and municipal health authorities position on COVID-19.
“Given the evolution of the health crisis and our prudence for the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, and volunteers, the appropriate course of action was to cancel the event,” according to Skate Canada.
“This year is unlike any year before and we’ve seen significant challenges on the operation of competitive events due to the global pandemic,” Skate Canada CEO Debra Armstrong said in the press release. “As a result of the continuous shift in requirements across the country and the recent 28-day shut down in Ontario’s hot spots, which includes Ottawa, it became clear that it would not be possible to host this event.”
The 2020-2021 Grand Prix Series will get underway with Skate America. The event is still scheduled to take place Oct. 23-24 in Las Vegas, Nevada.