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ISU downsizes Grand Prix of Figure Skating

Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron of France perform in the Gala Exhibition during the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final (Photo by Joosep Martinson - International Skating Union/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

The International Skating Union (ISU) has announced that each individual competition during the 2020-21 Grand Prix of Figure Skating season will become a domestic-run event.

The ISU Council has agreed to a proposal from the six organising members of the Grand Prix of Figure Skating – Canada, China, France, Japan, Russia, USA – to downsize the events.

Under the proposal, the participation in each individual Grand Prix event would be limited to competitors and officials of the host country, competitors regularly training in the respective host country, and competitors from other ISU members who will be assigned to an event in the respective geographical area, subject to travel, entry and sanitary restrictions of the concerned countries.

The Council agreement in principle remains subject to the ISU and each of the six Grand Prix members reaching a detailed agreement. An ISU Council-appointed working group will cooperate with the six ISU members to determine the disciplines, qualification criteria, cost responsibilities and other factors involved with hosting the localised events.

Each Grand Prix event will be organised in accordance with the host country’s national health requirements. No world standing or ranking points will be awarded during the events and the scores obtained by skaters will not count towards the minimum total elements scores applicable for ISU championships. Existing media-rights partners will broadcast the events.

The US city of Las Vegas is due to stage the first event of the series from October 23-25, before Ottawa in Canada hosts the following week. Chongqing in China will then host from November 6-8, before subsequent events in Grenoble, France from November 13-15; Moscow, Russia from November 20-22 and Osaka, Japan from November 27-29.

The Grand Prix final is provisionally scheduled to take place from December 10-13 in Beijing and is due to serve as a test event for the 2022 winter Olympics in the Chinese capital. Discussions will take place with the ISU’s Chinese counterparts to determine whether, or when, the final can be held.